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post #1 of 17 Old 11-27-2012, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Horse salivates a lot with a bit in?

I have a green 5 year old gelding, who, whenever we put the bit in, immediately starts salivating. Like, green foam dripping down his mouth. I've had his bit fitted and his teeth were recently floated last month. Is this normal for horses?!
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post #2 of 17 Old 11-27-2012, 08:33 PM
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My girl does this too. Not sure how normal it is tho. Would like to hear what others have to say. I have only owned her since October 9th and she also sticks her tongue out at times. I have another bit on order to see if this helps.

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post #3 of 17 Old 11-27-2012, 08:35 PM
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What type of bit is it (specifically what is it made of)?
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post #4 of 17 Old 11-27-2012, 08:48 PM
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Some salivation is normal after a period of work - it often shows that the horse has a relaxed jaw and is gently mouthing the bit (thick, white, streaming foam is a different matter).
However if the saliva is starting as soon as she takes the bit, I'd be getting her teeth thoroughly looked at.

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post #5 of 17 Old 11-27-2012, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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The type of bits we've tried him in are an eggbutt snaffle and a rubber-coated racing D snaffle.

However, he also salivates when ridden in a Bosal or Halter? The saliva is always green and worked up.
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post #6 of 17 Old 11-27-2012, 09:32 PM
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Very interesting that he salivates when in a halter or bosal as well, I haven't seen that before!

Is he a relaxed type of horse, or quite anxious?
It could go either way - if he is super relaxed and enjoys being worked, he may be relaxing his jaw and 'chewing' which released saliva.
If he's worked up and tense about being ridden, he could be releasing saliva through stress.

It could also very well be just his little 'quirk'.

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post #7 of 17 Old 11-27-2012, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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He's very hot. He really likes to go, so much in fact that we have to desensitize him to leg pressure. He's been ridden so hard with his old owner, any pressure with your legs would make him trot.
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post #8 of 17 Old 11-27-2012, 11:05 PM
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It could well be that he's clamping his jaw and salivating with stress. Does he have any soreness anywhere that you've noticed? When was the last time his teeth were done?

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post #9 of 17 Old 11-27-2012, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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His teeth were done around a month ago. I get all my horses' teeth done 4 times a year or just to check up. He's not sore anywhere. He picks up his feet fine and doesn't kick, no bad vices. His saddle fits fine; I've checked while lunging him with only a saddle and no pad. No dry spots.
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post #10 of 17 Old 11-27-2012, 11:11 PM
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My ideas have officially run out ;)
Ulcers *may* be something that could cause it, but it seems a bit odd!

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