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post #1 of 8 Old 02-25-2011, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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horse chews on bit

my horse chews on the bit really badly, and slightly throws his head. can anyone tell me why maybe? and how i might be able to get him to stop?
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How old - young newly broken horse will mouth them a bit- My first thought though would be either she doesnt like the bit or her teeth may need some work?
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It depends on the horse's age, training, dental condition, how low or high the bit is in the horse's mouth, and what type of bit is being used. Consider checking into or adjusting what you can.
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Smoe horses like to mess with their bit. I rode a Quarab mare who was broke, but love to chew on the bit. She even worked the bit out of postion a few times.

To be sure that the horse is just playing with the bit though, I would have her teeth checked.
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i've had them mouth and chew the bit because they need dental work or because they plain didn't like the bit i was using. they can also do it because the bit doesn't fit properly in their mouth.
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Usually the reason a horse chomps the bit is between the ears not between the jaws. If the horse is calm thier mouth is quiet. As the stress or anxiety builds the action in a horses mouth increases. If you want a quiet mouth then you need to work on getting a quiet mind.

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post #7 of 8 Old 02-27-2011, 08:38 PM
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Originally Posted by starrysgirl View Post
my horse chews on the bit really badly, and slightly throws his head. can anyone tell me why maybe? and how i might be able to get him to stop?
This screams of wolf teeth. A lot of geldings get them, and they need to be pulled, otherwise they hit the bit and cause major discomfort. Have a vet come out and check to see if he has them.

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