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post #31 of 83 Old 10-11-2012, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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It's the bit the horse works best with really. Snaffles slide through her moth and she throws her head around a lot. Not sure why she doesn't do it with a Tom Thumb, but we are thinking she was just started in that. I've tried a few milder, and she just acted differently (worse) and didn't perform as well because she was too busy messing with the bit. I've never tried those pictured. So I may look into those.

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a snaffle that is fitted correctly should not slide through her mouth.

Try a solid curb bit if you want a leverage bit. Not a jointed like a Tom Thumb... they can be pretty harsh. Something with a low port maybe.
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a snaffle that is fitted correctly should not slide through her mouth.

Try a solid curb but if you want a leverage bit. Not a jointed. Something with a low port maybe.
Usually it's because she chews on it so bad and pulls it threw there and throws her head around. She hates it.
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I've tried a few milder, and she just acted differently (worse) and didn't perform as well
This says to me it's not a bitting issue, it's a training hole.

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Usually it's because she chews on it so bad and pulls it threw there and throws her head around. She hates it.
But she likes the Tom Thumb?? I have trouble believing that. A snaffle is much more gentle. They make a guard you can put on the sides of the snaffle to keep it from getting pulled through their mouth. Rubber Bit Guards Pair - Statelinetack.com
Inexpensive and effective. We use them on some of the Walking Horse bits if the horse needs them.

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It's the bit the horse works best with really. Snaffles slide through her moth and she throws her head around a lot. Not sure why she doesn't do it with a Tom Thumb, but we are thinking she was just started in that. I've tried a few milder, and she just acted differently (worse) and didn't perform as well because she was too busy messing with the bit. I've never tried those pictured. So I may look into those.
Maybe look into an Argentine bit. Built somewhat like a tom thumb, but without as bad of a "nutcracker" action.

A full cheek snaffle might help with the "sliding" issue, particularly if you use bit keepers.
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It's not a training issue because she doesn't do it to a Tom Thumb or an unbroken bit.

I use it maybe twice a year so idk why it's an issue.

I use snaffles with all my other horses and they do fine.
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Honestly, if I have one chewing the bit, I don't assume it's b/c they hate the bit I'm using, though. I check to make sure it's fitted correctly and the bridle is fitted correctly... Fitting correctly usually stops chewing.
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It's not a training issue because she doesn't do it to a Tom Thumb or an unbroken bit.
It is a training issue if the horse doesn't do it when you step up to a harsher bit. Sorry.
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We've had it fitted. She doesn't just chew, she performs worse and is really just worried about it and not her job.
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