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post #11 of 17 Old 10-18-2010, 07:06 PM
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how old is your horse? does he have wolf teeth? when was the last time his teeth were checked?
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post #12 of 17 Old 10-18-2010, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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He'll be 8 next year, no and a few months ago.

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post #13 of 17 Old 10-19-2010, 06:21 AM
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Every horse is different, so what works in one horses mouth may not work in his. It depends on where he "accepts" his pressure, how thick is tounge is, how thick his lips are ect. You might try seeing if there is a tack store near you that rents bits. My tack store rents out myler bits.
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post #14 of 17 Old 10-19-2010, 11:16 AM
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Have you had his teeth checked by an equine dentist? Sounds like something may be bothering him - OR he could have a low pallette and need a thinner bit with a roller such as the Myler 1 you suggest via the link.

But I'd have a dentist look at his teeth first - especially the back teeth - take a flashlight and shine it into his open mouth holding his tongue to the side to take a quick peek and see if you see any pointed sharp edges. Teeth should be done at least yearly, and if he's younger 3-6 years, may need to be done more often as he's loosing baby caps.

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post #15 of 17 Old 10-19-2010, 12:03 PM
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Maybe a loose ring sweet iron snaffle, and offset dee as opposed to an eggbutt, or try an olive mouth.

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post #16 of 17 Old 10-19-2010, 12:50 PM
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If the OP was asking what kind of curb to change to 50 people would have posted that changing bits is not the answer so why is it different when it's a snaffle?

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post #17 of 17 Old 10-19-2010, 01:32 PM
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I answered the way I did because that is what the OP asked for - snaffle alternatives.

The OP has always seemed pretty knowledgeable, too. SOmetimes, even when you have good or even superb hands, a horse will not work well in a certain bit, or perhaps even better in an alternative. I really think if she feels her horse is just not happy in it's current bit, than she should try some alternatives. Nothing wrong with that.

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