02-08-2010, 02:34 PM
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Once you are sure the horse is not getting hurt by the bit, via wolf teeth or such, you could try raising the bit where the horse cannot get his tongue over the bit and start re-teaching him how to respond to the bit being sure he is not justified by getting hurt. I have a mare that does not like the snaffle as the direct pull pushes her cheek into her teeth. I have to keep her floated and ride in a shank most of the time. When I do ride in the snaffle and she gets too mouthy, I do not release her from a request until she will do it with her mouth quiet. For example, I am asking her to back and she starts fussing with the bit, I keep her backing until she backs and keeps her mouth closed. The moment she does I release her. I ask her, do this AND keep your mouth quiet. To me there are two reasons a horse will mouth the bit, one they are afraid of getting hurt (justified or not) or two they are arguing. A young horse will do it also, when it is new, but they usually quit once they understand the bit.