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Has this colt been taught to accept and use a bit? If not, that's probably why he doesn't like it. No animal is going to LIKE taking a piece of metal that has no meaning to them into their mouths. What kind of snaffle do you have? There are so many kinds out there. Don't be discouraged just because he doesnt like this particular one.
There are so many kinds of material. Rubber, german silver, copper, nickle, stainless steel, sweet iron, leather... and many diameters as well. Thicker snaffles tend to be less harsh but not always. And some horses just can't stand having something large and wide on their mouths. One of the mares that I ride hated every bit I used, until I realized that the width that was supposed to make things more comfortable actually bothered her. I switched to thinner french link and she started accepting her bit beautifully.
Another factor of snaffles is how many joints. No joints, one, two, or three are the usual numbers though you can find more. The cheekpiece is a factor as well. My soft mouthed mare prefers a double jointed half cheek snaffle made of stainless steel, but will go well in a mullen mouth as well. She hates thicker, single jointed, or O ring bits. Its really just a matter of trial and error.
If you experiment with your boy, I'd first recomment a D ring or full cheek, either mullen mouth or two/three jointed. You might also try rollers or keys on the bit to see if he likes having something to play with. Single jointed bits tend to have a nutcracker action, and I don't like to put young horses in them.
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Last edited by Endiku; 03-14-2013 at 12:00 PM.