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post #1 of 11 Old 11-13-2008, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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Ok so me and my parents jut went out to view a potential new horse. He was great in every way except he couldn't stop mouthing on the bit. I mean it was non stop! And not just a little bit of mouthing. Huge great big yawn like mouthing. He used to be a driving horse so isn't that used to having pressure on his mouth. But anyway, any ideas how we could stop this? Thanx for any input.
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post #2 of 11 Old 11-13-2008, 02:09 PM
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What type of a bit did he have? Was it placed in his mouth properly? Sometimes horses will kind of chew on a bit because it tastes good to them. Was it a copper bit?

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post #3 of 11 Old 11-13-2008, 02:13 PM
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Could of been the fit or style of the bit.
Could need his teeth done.
Possibly a different bit would help?
Maybe he has a low palate?
Could be a habit?

I would try him out in the softest bit I could find, like a french link snaffle and see if it goes away.
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I agree with the french link but something with a solid ring like an eggbutt in aluminum or something similar. Cooper and sweet iron will encourage play. All of this of course after dental work .
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Maybe he needs to get his teeth floated? It sounds like he could be in pain, or he needs a different bit.

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My 7 year old OTTB has chewed on every bit I have ever tried. Now I am using an eggbutt french link, and still chomp chomp chomp. With him I think it is just something to do. He is usually always relaxed with his head down, but he must just like either the sound or the taste
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My TB does the same thing. When I talked to the lady who floats his teeth, she said it was a possiblity he was teething. He is 4 and losing his "baby" teeth. That and he could be a little bored and wanting something to do. How old is the horse?

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post #8 of 11 Old 11-13-2008, 10:36 PM
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My OTTB used to do this all the time. I switched to a curb without an copper in it and he stopped...sorta. He only does it when we're not having a good ride or he's too full of energy.
Possibly that?
It could also be that his teeth need floating, as others said...
Maybe it's just something to do?
It could be a lot of things, really.

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It could be he needs his teeth done. Or he could be in pain. A chiropractic visit might be in order. Does the tack fit? Does the bit fit? How many wrinkles did they have in his mouth? A lot of times a horse will mouth the bit if they have wrinkles. I just recently went out to see a friend's horse and she said he chomps on the bit a lot. She had 3 wrinkles in his mouth (with just a snaffle) and I lowered it A LOT. Within about 15 seconds he was standing quietly.

Horses will sometimes do this as displaced behavior. If the rider is holding the horse back or the horse is getting worked up and becoming emotional you could see this behavior. Either way it's the rider's responsibility to help the horse through the situation, not add fuel to the fire.

Some horses don't like a lot of tongue and bar contact. Our mustang HATES snaffles. He puts his tongue over the bit and just acts antsy. We put him in a Myler bit with maximum tongue relief and he was great! So this might be the case with this horse. Horses like this will usually exhibit behaviors like chomping on the bit, opening their mouths, head tossing, tongue over the bit, yanking the reins from the rider, etc. So a new bit might be in order.
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post #10 of 11 Old 11-14-2008, 11:32 AM
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What kind of driving did he do? I've never met a driving horse who mouthed the bit like that. They don't constantly have a lot of pressure on their mouths (well race horses do, but they still don't usually mouth the bit like that).
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