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post #1 of 7 Old 08-15-2008, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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Help! Serious problem!

Ok my horse is seriously having problems with the bit when I ride. And it baffels me becuase I use the simplest loose ring snaffle. She constantly chews and chomps on the bit and puts her touge over the bit constantly and when I say constantly I mean constantly! Lol she just won't stop the entire time till the bit is out of her mouth. She is only 4 but it doesn't seem to be a young horse thing as much as a problem. She is what my 4-H leader called inverted? She trys to avoid the bit and she runs me into fences. I know it sounds unrelated but she puts her head to the inside and her body swings outside and rams me into the wall. My 4-H leader said that my outside hand and my outside leg are weak but when I do what she says it doesn't get any better. I tried spurs and that helped alot but it just didn't seem to fix the problem. If you know what I mean? Like I was just covering up a deeper problem, possibly the bit? I talked to this one guy about it and he said to get her teeth cheaked out so we are certainly going to do that but if there isn't anything wrong is there somthing I could do or practice with her to get her to accept the bit more and become less inverted, and stop running me aginst the fence? Is there a certain bit I should get to fix the problem?

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post #2 of 7 Old 08-15-2008, 12:43 PM
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If she is getting her tounge over the bit it sounds like you need to bring your bit up. When you are asking for a turn, pull first and if she doesn't turn give her some light bumps on the bit. This might help for you!
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I can try that but like I said she tries everything to avoid the bit.
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It sounds as though she was never properly taught to accept and yield to the bit. Everything she does is resisting the bit and she'll continue to evade the bit until she learns otherwise. I'd say she needs professional retraining - unless you've got a lot of experience with starting young horses.

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post #6 of 7 Old 08-17-2008, 08:41 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah the previous owner of this horse is really good at training her own horses and I'm hoping she can help me but she even runs me into walls when I ride her with just a halter. I'm riding her with a halter now becuase I was riding with contact on the bit. I wasn't pulling but just contact like I allways do in english and we were trotting and she just bucked out of no where so I was sure it had to be her teeth. Took the bridle off and stuck my thumb in her mouth and I think I felt a wolf tooth. I couldn't feel one on the other side but I felt one. It must be causing her some pain. But like you said she's probly only learned to avoid the bit becuase she does the same stuff with a halter. Running me into walls and she cuts the arena in half. I can make her go all the way around the arena at a walk and trot but when she canters she goes in such a small circle that she makes her self trip! My parents don't know much about horses so when I state that theres a problem my mom or dad just say "Can't you just ride the horse?"lol so I have to fix it for myself.
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post #7 of 7 Old 08-17-2008, 09:51 AM
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Sounds like you found the problem before I posted! Dental problems are the first thing to check for before changing equipment or riding styles. Glad you noticed the wolf tooth.

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