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    01-01-2013, 02:15 PM
  #1
Foal
Horse refusing the bit.

I have a four year old Quarter Horse. I bought him as a rescue last October from a lady who had no room for him, and he was in pretty bad shape when I got him. I started riding him over the Summer a few times in a bit less bridle and bare-back pad and he did great.
I started trying to get the bit in his mouth a few days ago. If you have someone holding him, after about four tries, you can finally get it in and he's fine.
If I'm alone, and have his head down, and trying to put the bit in, standing behind his head, he'll throw his head up, walk forward, push me away, etc, etc. All annoying. I've even tried to get him to take it with molasses on it, to no avail.
Can ya'll help?
     
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    01-01-2013, 02:19 PM
  #2
Weanling
It could be several things. A hard handed rider can make a horse want to refuse the bit because he knows what will happen afterwards. He also could have some tooth issues, so possibly call a vet out and have them look at his teeth. Also, Check his ears, maybe he is shying from soreness caused by mites? And if anything, You can force the bit (last resort) by using your thumb and applying pressure to his gums.
This is all I've ever dealt with, hope it helps!
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    01-01-2013, 02:20 PM
  #3
Green Broke
If he pushes into you, get after him for that.

My trainer says when she is training her youngsters to the bit, she uses a pressure point just above the incisors on the gums. It releases endorphines and soon they will like the thought of getting a bit in their mouth for the release from the pressure point.
     
    01-01-2013, 02:24 PM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by EthanQ    
It could be several things. A hard handed rider can make a horse want to refuse the bit because he knows what will happen afterwards. He also could have some tooth issues, so possibly call a vet out and have them look at his teeth. Also, Check his ears, maybe he is shying from soreness caused by mites? And if anything, You can force the bit (last resort) by using your thumb and applying pressure to his gums.
This is all I've ever dealt with, hope it helps!
He's only had one owner before me as far as I know, and she had a seven year old little boy who used to ride him in a bridle.
I know he doesn't have any ear mites, not sure about teeth. I'll get a vet out here soon. He eats grain, hay, grass, etc fine though.
     
    01-01-2013, 02:27 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by Ray MacDonald    
If he pushes into you, get after him for that.

My trainer says when she is training her youngsters to the bit, she uses a pressure point just above the incisors on the gums. It releases endorphines and soon they will like the thought of getting a bit in their mouth for the release from the pressure point.
I step away and back him up and make him side step until he's a good bit away from me.
Thanks so much for the tip though, I'll try that next time I try and bridle him!
     
    01-01-2013, 02:31 PM
  #6
Foal
My gelding tried that game for a while, not fun:/ I agree with the above though, the first thing I'd do would be to get him looked at by a vet to rule out any physical issues. After that, I just started practicing. At first it took two people to get the bit in, and as soon as we got it we'd take it off and reward him. He eventually started to realize after about half an hour that taking the bit meant getting treats, so it was really quite easy after that. Just make sure you don't ride with a heavy hand, too, that might be an issue? But good luck to you, that "phase" can be tough!!;)
     
    01-01-2013, 02:36 PM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by madeline97    
My gelding tried that game for a while, not fun:/ I agree with the above though, the first thing I'd do would be to get him looked at by a vet to rule out any physical issues. After that, I just started practicing. At first it took two people to get the bit in, and as soon as we got it we'd take it off and reward him. He eventually started to realize after about half an hour that taking the bit meant getting treats, so it was really quite easy after that. Just make sure you don't ride with a heavy hand, too, that might be an issue? But good luck to you, that "phase" can be tough!!;)
Yes, definitely not fun! He took it with two people, and he chewed on it for a while, but once he got used to it he didn't chew anymore. I'll try with treats next time as well. :)
     
    01-01-2013, 05:06 PM
  #8
Weanling
Can you play with his mouth at all with out a bit in sight? I would work on being able to put a finger in the corner of his mouth and him being fine with that before putting the bit in.. I am not sure if anyone has said it, but when you unbridle, make sure to let the horse spit the bit out..if you clank teeth while unbridling, that's a quick way to make them not want a bit in their mouth.
     
    01-01-2013, 08:00 PM
  #9
Foal
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Originally Posted by peppersgirl    
Can you play with his mouth at all with out a bit in sight? I would work on being able to put a finger in the corner of his mouth and him being fine with that before putting the bit in.. I am not sure if anyone has said it, but when you unbridle, make sure to let the horse spit the bit out..if you clank teeth while unbridling, that's a quick way to make them not want a bit in their mouth.
Yesterday he spit the bit out just fine. That was my first attempt at bridling him with a bit. Not sure about the lady who had him before me. If you have a second person to hold him, he takes the bit after a few attempts, & calms down & dozes off.
     

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