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        02-03-2012, 07:01 AM
    She could be like my horse Chief, his old owner tried him in a bit but he was a head shaker too, the guy had his teeth check (so have I) he just hated the bit, now he's in a hackamore and he does really good. I wouldn't suggest a hack right off due to her being trained to run and you have more control with a bit. My OTTB mare required a long shank tom thumb type bit, I'll try to get a pic of it today. Also used it on my OTQH and she did awesome in it aswell.
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        02-03-2012, 10:08 AM
    You said you have light hands so just reiterating but with a bit like that I would make sure you have very good hands. Not to say you don't, just be sure you know how to use it. Besides the fact that she is still green that is a pretty tough one.

    You might want to double check your saddle fit too.
        02-03-2012, 12:47 PM
    Altho this filly may have run only a few races, she's had many workouts mimicing a race. This is all she knows. When a bit is in her mouth she's anticipating galloping, thus her head is all over trying to evade being held back. I've dealt with many OTTB's because of a local racetrack. For the next few weeks spend lots of time with her and working on groundwork manners. I'm going to suggest you bit her in a loose ring snaffle with an iron mouth (cheap) and just let her pack it around. Have her halter underneath. You need to teach her to give to the bit and one exercise will have you standing by her shoulder, facing it. Take hold of the halter where the noseband joins the cheek and ask her to bring her head around, but using only your little finger. She may move it and inch and lock up. Just release the pressure and ask again. The goal is to get her nose to almost touch your hip. When she can do it well on both sides, do the same exercise, again with your pinky, only this time in the bit ring. She may lock up as it's not the same to her as the halter work. She will make the connection but you need to be very patient. Whenever you are with her always do this first thing. Repetition matters.

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