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  • Getting a bit in a horses mouth that clamps there teeth
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    11-24-2012, 09:42 PM
  #1
Foal
Getting a horse to take the bit

Anyone have any suggestions to get a too smart for his own good horse to take a bit? We've tried using a rope first so it doesn't bang his teeth, which he takes eventually but after a huge struggle. We've tried putting apple syrup and peppermint on the bit but he just licks it off and clamps his teeth shut as soon as we try to put it in his mouth. What's weird, though, is the very first time we introduced him to the bit he took it like he's been doing it for years, and spat it out fine without it hitting his teeth, but we can't get him to take it again! Please help!

Thanks

EDIT - His teeth are fine, and he doesn't have wolf teeth so nothing is uncomfortable for him
     
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    11-25-2012, 08:54 AM
  #2
Foal
:) :) :)
     
    11-25-2012, 12:50 PM
  #3
Trained
I would hold the bit up to his mouth while holding a sugar cube or mint under it. That way when he goes to take the treat you can put the bit in his mouth. Then he will have a positive association because he gets the bit and the treat.
     
    12-01-2012, 03:20 PM
  #4
Yearling
I usually put my finger in the corner of the mouth. There's no teeth right there and it usually works. I like the treat idea too.
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    12-01-2012, 03:33 PM
  #5
Foal
Tried all that. And, actually, we figured out the other day that he's still teething... his canines haven't broken through the gums yet, so they're real sore. Problem solved. We just have to wait for his teeth to come in. Thanks for your ideas :)
     
    12-01-2012, 03:36 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by hisangelonly    
I usually put my finger in the corner of the mouth. There's no teeth right there and it usually works. I like the treat idea too.
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This usually works well.
     
    12-01-2012, 03:45 PM
  #7
Yearling
Yes the teething could have a lot to do with it. He's probably Just sore. Be careful not to bump his teeth with the metal. Have you tried the rubber mouth bits? Like happy mouth? I've never used one but they seem pretty soft just in case you bump him. If someone uses one or has more info on them they'll be more helpful they just look comfy to me lol.
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    12-01-2012, 04:04 PM
  #8
Foal
We had one... but unfortunately misplaced it. We are just going to wait for his teeth to come in
     
    12-01-2012, 04:15 PM
  #9
Weanling
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Originally Posted by hisangelonly    
Have you tried the rubber mouth bits? Like happy mouth? I've never used one but they seem pretty soft just in case you bump him. If someone uses one or has more info on them they'll be more helpful they just look comfy to me lol.
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I was going to suggest this as well. Of course it's also a good idea to wait for the teething issues to resolve. When I first tried the bit in my young horse's mouth, the metal startled him; so I bought a Happy Mouth and had no problems. I plan on just using the Happy Mouth to get him used to taking the bit and then switching to metal.
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    12-01-2012, 04:18 PM
  #10
Yearling
Yeah maybe you should work on groundwork until his mouth feels better. Maybe he needs something to chew on lol.
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