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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
I also would wonder about whether or not your bridle and bit are correctly fitted. I recently started my four year old mare with no bridle experience in a half cheek, and she was constantly chewing on her bit. I assumed that it was inexperience and that she's settle down, but two weeks later she was still chewing. Had my trainer take a look at it, and not only was the bit too big for her (by 1/4 of an inch. You wouldn't think that would make a difference but it does) but I had it fitted too low, and it was touching her teeth every time that she moved her mouth. Make sure that is IS fitted right on every part (browband, bit, cheekpieces, throatlatch etc) and if it isn't, alter it until it is. If it's bothering him you can very easily sour him to the bit, and that takes a long time to correct.
If it's fitted right and he's still chewing, I'd try a different kind of bit. Different horses work better with different bits. He might prefer something fuller, or with/without joints. There are also different types of metal that you can choose from, anywhere from german silver to copper or stainless steel. It's just going to take some experimentation, and he may never be perfectly quiet with his mouth. Some just like to chomp. If he does though, its even more important to make sure that he's fitted well and is floated regularely to keep him from wearing down his teeth painfully or catching himself with it.
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