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    03-14-2013, 02:02 PM
  #21
Yearling
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Is this what your gelding looks like when he's trying to get the bit out of his mouth?





Excuse that bridle, it was my junk bridle that I use to get new ponies used to being bitted. It fit her terribly. This is my mare as a four year old, being mouthed. This was her 2nd time being bitted and she was still learning what to do with it. What I did, is I would offer it to her with a sliver of stredded carrot (her favorite treat) under it, so she could only take the carrot if she took the bit. The second the bit went in her mouth, so did the carrot. I would leave it for a few minutes without messing with her, then take it off. The second she released the bit, another piece of carrot went into her mouth. I only did that the first few times, just to make sure she understood the bit wasn't bad. Make sure you don't hit his teeth with the bit. He might be reacting to that.

I also spent a lot of time lunging her while she wore the bit, with the lunge line attached to her halter, not her bridle. My trainer told me to make the bridle become just 'another thing' that meant we were going to have a normal day. I even went out to catch her with my bridle instead of the halter sometimes, and we went on trail walks with it on, groomed with it on, etc. Soon she realized the bit didnt mean scary new things, and she started to even look for the bit when I came to get her.

That's freakin' cute :)
     
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    03-14-2013, 02:04 PM
  #22
Foal
Ok thanks guys ill try all your tips ox
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    03-14-2013, 02:04 PM
  #23
Showing
I would get his teeth checked first. Once that's done, take a good look at the way you're putting the bit in his mouth. Are you jamming it in and forcing him to take it in his mouth? Are you hitting his teeth? It could be that the previous owners did those things and made him fear/dislike the bit being put in his mouth. Are you positive the bit you're using is the correct width for his mouth and it's sitting in the correct place in his mouth?
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    03-14-2013, 02:11 PM
  #24
Foal
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Originally Posted by Endiku    
Is this what your gelding looks like when he's trying to get the bit out of his mouth? If so, he hasn't learned to accept it.




Excuse that bridle, it was my junk bridle that I use to get new ponies used to being bitted. It fit her terribly. This is my mare as a four year old, being mouthed. This was her 2nd time being bitted and she was still learning what to do with it. What I did, is I would offer it to her with a sliver of stredded carrot (her favorite treat) under it, so she could only take the carrot if she took the bit. The second the bit went in her mouth, so did the carrot. I would leave it for a few minutes without messing with her, then take it off. The second she released the bit, another piece of carrot went into her mouth. I only did that the first few times, just to make sure she understood the bit wasn't bad. Make sure you don't hit his teeth with the bit. He might be reacting to that.

I also spent a lot of time lunging her while she wore the bit, with the lunge line attached to her halter, not her bridle. My trainer told me to make the bridle become just 'another thing' that meant we were going to have a normal day. I even went out to catch her with my bridle instead of the halter sometimes, and we went on trail walks with it on, groomed with it on, etc. Soon she realized the bit didnt mean scary new things, and she started to even look for the bit when I came to get her.

At that point, I had already done all of her ground work. She already knew to yield to pressure on her poll, nose, etc- so I then taught her to yield to pressure on her mouth. If I applied light pressure (on the ground) to the right, I waited until she moved her head a little in that direction. Then I released. I did this in all directions, Back, up, dwn, side to side.

I honestly think your best bet after that step, is to find a trainer to help you. It sounds like your boy has a lot of gaps in his training.
yeh sometimes.. Ok ill try doin that then thanks :)
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    05-24-2013, 03:51 PM
  #25
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Endiku    
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.
Very good point well made here...horses are individuals like us so what works for one won't necessarily work for the next one. Trial and error starting with the milder bits is probably the best idea (and this assumes that he is already trained to accept the bit like another mentioned). My horse goes well in a French link, hates a single jointed snaffle! We tried a happy mouth bit that was generally a fat straight bar. Like it was mentioned above, that *should* be a very mild bit but my mare went absolutely ballistic! She was trying every trick in the book to get away from this bit!

She seems to go much better in the thinner bits...she is small, 14.2, so maybe it's a small horse thing? Who knows...all I know is every horse is different and their preferences also change throughout their life as well. You have to be able to read what your horse is telling you and adjust as you go :)
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