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    04-03-2012, 01:31 PM
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Foal
Exclamation help! my horse is grabbing the side of his bit were the reins are

I have a barrel horse and he has recently started grabbing side of the bit were the reins go. Im not sure why he is doing this or how to stop it. Please help me find a solution.
     
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    04-03-2012, 01:46 PM
  #2
Foal
Hippy had a habit of doing this too - he'd grab reins, lead ropes, sleeves or whatever was in close proximity lol!

All I can say is that he seemed to do it when he was anxious, like a comfort blanket :) I'm not sure how I'd go about stopping it as our loan pony no longer does it very often, but maybe make sure he isn't anxious and check his bit fits right?

Hope you sort it out soon :)
     
    04-03-2012, 04:19 PM
  #3
Yearling
Does he do it all the time? Just when you are doing something particular? It would help to know a little more. My guess just by reading he is playing with his bit is he must be bored.
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    04-03-2012, 09:52 PM
  #4
Yearling
Best guess is you're using a straight shanked bit.
     
    04-05-2012, 11:31 AM
  #5
Foal
It's just at rondom times and I've used this same bit on him foe a year, he just started doing it after he saw my friends horse do it.
     
    04-05-2012, 12:03 PM
  #6
Yearling
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Originally Posted by dakotanight    
It's just at rondom times and I've used this same bit on him foe a year, he just started doing it after he saw my friends horse do it.
That made me giggle. I promise he didnt do it because he saw another horse do it. Is the bit too small?
     
    04-05-2012, 01:19 PM
  #7
Foal
Im using a broken bit, the bit also fits his mouth perfectly.
     
    04-05-2012, 01:37 PM
  #8
Showing
Is this the bit you're using?


If so, then you need a different bit. You need one with some sweep to the shanks so that they aren't so straight, directly down by his mouth, in ideal location for him to grab them.
     
    04-05-2012, 01:40 PM
  #9
Foal
No mine has curve to it, like you are saying,
     
    04-05-2012, 05:47 PM
  #10
Weanling
I have seen this is high energy horses that get bored. Like at a team sorting when you ride for 3 min and sit for 30 min without moving. The horses get bored and do stupid stuff like that.
     

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