My 14 years old mare has a problem. She's not comfortable with bit. I have a snaffle (I belive it's called like that in english), bit like this:
And bridle like this:
Before I had her teeth done it was like that: when I came in the stable, with a bridle, she started opening her mouth. She turned and showed me her hind. When I was fastening the bridle she was opening her mouth. When I was riding her it was much better than some other horses. She wasn't hard on her mouth, or pulling me, absolutely nothing, only if she is nervous (if she got scared she started chewing it, for a minute after the scary thing went away).
Then I called a vet and he brushed(?) her teeth. She doesn't open her mouth anymore when I come in her stable anymore, or shows me her hind. But she still is opening her mouth when I'm fastening the parts of birdle. When I'm riding her she is good, pnly if she is nervous she chews.
She is very responsive when I'm riding and leg and my weight are enough to lead, turn, stop, etc. her. I hold reins very lightly and I was often yelled at by my trainer, because he wanted me to hold them short and all the time.
Should I worry because she is opening her mouth when I'm bridling her? I know that if she didn't have the last one bond (that goes under the bit-on her nose) she would open her mouth when I ride her...
I ride few times bitless, it's good, but I don't dare to go trail ridng without a bit.
She was a showjuper before I got her, and she was ridden by numerous not so kind bits, additional reins and other stuff that helped her owner hold mare's head down. (Owner wasn't able to hold her head down-Candy just threw her head up and escaped from the pressure of the bit. Then she cantered where she wanted and it didn't end good when competing). Could opening mouth be because of that?