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post #1 of 5 Old 10-27-2011, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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Getting a horse to Stop biting on the bit.

I appologize if this is in the wrong spot, I wasn't sure if it was more a tack thing or a training thing. But feel free to move me if I'm in the wrong spot.

ANYWAYS... I'm working with a big ol' Appy gelding, and he's coming along really nicely from when I first started working him. But I've noticed a habit forming that I'm unsure of how to correct.

Every time we stop, he turns his head and grabs the shanks of the bit with his lips, then proceeds to chew on them. He'll do this until I ask him to walk off again, at which point he drops the bit and walks on nicely enough.

Now he's not the first horse I've ridden that's had this habbit, which leads me to assume it's something I'm doing or not doing that is leading to this behaviour.

Anybody had this behiavour before? Is it something I should try to fix, or just leave it be? What have you done to correct it if you have corrected it in the past?

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post #2 of 5 Old 10-27-2011, 11:31 PM
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Put an S-shaped shank on him. Problem solved.
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-27-2011, 11:41 PM
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^^^ That's the easiest way to solve the problem. They don't have to be s shaped (although I like those) they just have to be swept back enough the horse can't get to them.

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post #4 of 5 Old 10-28-2011, 01:32 AM
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I had never heard of either that problem or that solution before. Learn something every day!
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-28-2011, 08:24 AM
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I had one that did that when he was pi**ed off. He did not like standing still and always wanted to be going somewhere. Problem ended when I rode in a snaffle.
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