Good bits for a mouthy 2yo?

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    10-23-2012, 12:17 PM
Good bits for a mouthy 2yo?

I do apologize, I posted this in the horse tack and equipment forum, but I only got a couple answers, and they were helpful, but I would like something a little more specific please.
Would anyone know of a few good bits to try on a very mouthy 2yo? I've been introducing it to him gradually, and with a simple snaffle he just plays with it, and won't stay focused. I have't tried a medium port curb yet, I feel its a little big for him yet (thickness of bar wise/width). My 2yo is also very insistent that he must chew on everything to make sure its not edible, and if your not paying attention enough he'll get you with a good snap. I'm working on breaking that (oh the stubbornness)
Your thoughts and advice are very helpful. Thank you!

P.S. I have plans on hopefully turning him into a barrel horse or a pleasure/reining horse someday.
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    10-23-2012, 02:00 PM
My young guy I just started, he prefers a french link o ring snaffle.
While my other young horse goes best in a french link boucher.
You can try one of those if you havent already
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    10-23-2012, 02:40 PM
I've had great success with the O-ring snaffle too harder to play with. But I don't know much about bits I use a hackemore after I get them broke to the snaffle.
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    10-23-2012, 04:36 PM
Thanks guys.
With a simple loose ring snaffle, he plays with it. It drives me nuts sometimes I think he's going to pinch his tongue or something...
    10-23-2012, 04:41 PM
That's a pretty common problem when you first start putting bits in young horses mouths. I'd definitely try the O-ring out and they are usually pretty cheap too. Also make sure it's not too loose in his mouth that could be why it's easier for him to play with. Though I'm not sure since I can't see for myself.
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    10-23-2012, 04:48 PM
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If he plays with a normal snaffle chances are he will play even more with a french link - though that's not such an awful thing and the novelty might wear off
I would suggest you try a Happy Mouth shaped mullen mouth snaffle bit but if he chews on that you might find it creates sharp bits on it that make his tongue sore.
Horses are less inclined to play with a straight bit and they come in rubber or plain metal without a port - you want to keep his mouth as sensitive as you can for quick response
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    10-23-2012, 04:54 PM
My guy liked playing with his bit the first few times, but he got over it. Now he wears a loose ring snaffle or a D-ring snaffle with copper rollers.
    10-23-2012, 05:17 PM
Thanks for the input!! I'll try the snaffle somemore and see what he does, if he doesn't stop in the next few tries i'll go buy something else LOL.
Thank you!!
    10-23-2012, 06:24 PM
I did not read your other post, but one of my first questions is has he been looked at by the dentist? I feel it is very valuable to have a 2 yr old's mouth checked for dental issues before you start the bitting up process, because it may contribute to a behavioral problem.

I myself am not entirely worried if a 2 year old plays with the bit. After all, they are two years old. I cut 'em some slack at that age.

My bit of choice is a smooth mouth O-ring snaffle, with one break. Although I do often also use a 3-piece mouthpiece with a center roller for more flexion.

I most certainly would NOT stick him in a curb bit of any sort yet.

Also, have you tried adjusting the tightness of the bit to see if that makes a difference? (making the bridle tighter or looser and adjust how many wrinkles you see on the corner of his mouth)

Are you sure the width of the bit matches up to his mouth size? Using a bit that is too small or too large for him can make a difference.

Also, is he responding to your cues to give to the bit? If not, you may not have your timing down quite perfect. I will allow a youngster to chew on the bit (again, cuttingn them some slack in the beginning) as long as they still pay attention to what I am asking. If you need to keep your sessions shorter for his attention span, then keep them shorter. Every horse has a different mentality and a different attention span. Some 2 year olds aren't mature enough to start riding, either. You need to take that into consideration too.

And I just want to make a comment on the biting. It really shouldn't take long at all to fix a biting habit, IF you are getting your timing correct. For my horses, any bite or nip results in one hard slap or punch to the nose, along with a firm verbal NO! They get this reprimand immediately, and then I go back to what I was doing in the first place. You've got to correct them for their behavior within 3 seconds or they will not make the connection. In addition, lots of ground work is key because you need to get your horse to respect your authority and that you are the leader that makes the choices. My horses might try one bite every 4 or 5 months, and they get the same punishment. They know better. But they're a horse, trying to see if they can get away with it.
    10-23-2012, 06:32 PM
Originally Posted by beau159    
I most certainly would NOT stick him in a curb bit of any sort yet.
I was curious about that. I don't ride in curbs, but I was under the impression that even Western horses are started in a snaffle with direct reining until they have that down solid before progressing to the curb/neck reining. Is that generally the case?
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