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    05-13-2011, 11:28 AM

I am wondering which will be the best way to mouth my horse as he is out on the road and I think he ready to be mouthed
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    05-13-2011, 11:30 AM
What does 'mouthed' mean? I'm not familiar with that term. Do you want to know what kind of bit to use maybe...?
    05-13-2011, 12:05 PM
Mouthing means to get a young horse used to a bit for the first time sorry I am from the uk and we use diffrent terms for the thing we do with horses

And I have been told to use a rubber bit but I would like to know what you would suggest
As it was a gypsy that told me to use this bit and they brake and mouth the babies from 1 year old which in my eyes is too young.
    05-13-2011, 12:12 PM
Getting a yearling used to having a bit in it's mouth isn't really too young. I put a bit in my mares mouth for the first time at 7 months, just let her feel it for a few minutes at a time, a few times a week. Most of the trainers I've worked with start that at about a year old. Breaking fully to ride, too early. Bitting/Mouthing, not too early.

That being said I would start with any kind of snaffle. Be careful with rubber, sometimes it is too thick for a young horses mouth, or a smaller horses mouth. You may have to try out a few different styles until you find one that your horse really likes, but the gentler the better IMHO.
    05-13-2011, 12:28 PM
Thank you very much I was going to send him away for 6 weeks to have it done but I really would like to try do it myself.

I will try what you have said to me thanks you again

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