Help please!!!! Gelding HATES the bit....

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    02-25-2010, 01:03 PM
Help please!!!! Gelding HATES the bit....

My problem is that our older gelding Sky hates the bit. The second I put it in his mouth he starts chomping at it. Sometimes he even kinda tilts his head tilts inside and down, this is usually only when I put contact on but sometimes he does it just because (I'm very careful my reins are even). He's getting a little better with his chomping and head as I've just been leaving the bit in without getting on. And he is getting better at bringing his head side to side. He just can't get over the bit. Any ideas? It's driving me crazy.

Also I use a loose ring snaffle I've tried thick and thin and none make a difference.
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    02-25-2010, 01:04 PM
Has he had his teeth checked out? Or his wolf-teeth removed? My horse never had his out but for many horses it's a problem. How old is he? Is he new to riding? Are you sure it's fitted properly?

Sometimes using the bit your using the horses tongue can get pinched.
    02-25-2010, 01:08 PM
When was the last time he had his teeth floated?
    02-25-2010, 01:14 PM
I hate to repeat whats been said already but it does sound like there could be a teeth issue. A friend of mines gelding did this and when the dentist came out his whole jaw was out of alignment, had to have some major work. He was a different boy afterwards. If not, I would say you need to try a different bit. May I ask what kind of training he has? How old? What do you do with him. I have never had an issue like this, but I have spoken with people that say their horse does much better bitless. I don't know if its an option for you, but if you exhaust the other options you might consider it.
    02-25-2010, 01:20 PM
Green Broke
We have the same issue with a morgan mare at our barn, but its not her teeth she really just hates the bit. So we only use a hackamore on her and she is fine. Try a bitless bridle they work good as well.
    02-25-2010, 01:25 PM
Thanks everyone...

He's 14is (I'd have to check his papers). He is broke but he has only ever had a bosal until I started working him. He has never has his teeth done. How do I check his wolf teeth? I've tried a eggbutt snaffle and it does not change anything. What bit would you use? I had this in the horse health page and it seemed everyone thought it was a training issue. Now it goes back to his teeth!!!

I'd like to do more arena work with him, so I would like to get a bit on him.
    02-25-2010, 01:30 PM
Definitely sounds like a tooth issue, if he's 14 and they've never been floated!

You need to get a vet out ASAP, and have them take a look at his teeth and get them done.

Poor thing! No WONDER he's pitching a fit about being bitted.
    02-25-2010, 01:31 PM
If it's a single jointed bit he's probably complaining about the pinching and poking single jointed bits do. It pinches the tongue and pokes them in the roof of the mouth when the rider picks up contact. Our mustang was like that with the single jointed bit....chomped like mad, put his tongue over the bit, pulled on the reins....we put a bit in his mouth that has maximum tongue relief (Myler Level 3 mouthpiece) and all that stopped once he figured out it wasn't going to be uncomfortable when we picked up contact on his mouth. Some horses will tolorate single jointed bits, but a lot really don't like them.
    02-25-2010, 01:32 PM
Another vote to get his teeth done ASAP. Poor thing probably has pretty nasty sharps in there and they are causing him discomfort.
    02-25-2010, 01:33 PM
I didn't see that response about his teeth never being floated before I posted....if he's never been floated then ABSOLUTELY have his teeth done!

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