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post #1 of 9 Old 04-08-2011, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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Plays with bit

My miniature stallion who I broke to drive and have been driving for 2-3 years, has a really bad habit of playing with his bit. He has been this way since day one of his training and I have never really tried anyhing to stop it but I am worried that he might be marked down in a show. He likes to stick his tongue out in the corner of his mouth and sort of wiggle the bit around. He doesn't put his tongue over the bit or anything though. Is there anyway to stop him from doing this?
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post #2 of 9 Old 04-08-2011, 10:14 PM
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Have you tried a figure eight noseband or anything of the sort? It might encourage him to keep his mouth closed and behave! :)
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post #3 of 9 Old 04-08-2011, 11:27 PM
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If the judges in a show mark you down for that, then they don't know their butts from a hole in the ground. Playing with the bit is not a big deal in most shows. Don't worry. :)
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post #4 of 9 Old 04-09-2011, 12:24 AM
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Have you had his teeth floated?
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In the AMHA rule book it says that a horse with a gapping mouth will be penelized and it's not like his mouth is gapping open but I don't want a judge to see him do it and think he is resisting the bit or anything.

And he hasn't had his teeth floated.
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post #6 of 9 Old 04-09-2011, 12:36 PM
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Well, horse's should have their teeth floated annually, and it sounds like he's never had his done, so I'm sure the ulcers are extremely painful by there's a good start at your problem.
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post #7 of 9 Old 04-10-2011, 04:55 PM
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how bout finding him a bit with a roller in it?
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I agree he should have his teeth floated. My horse chews on the bit, even with regular dental work, I just switched a much narrower bit and it has helped some.
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#1, teeth floated/dental work as needed.

#2, he might do better with a different bit: roller, copper inlay for good taste & salivation, etc. Make sure that no part of bit is pinching/poking him.

#3, his training must be such that he IS accepting the bit, IS not trying to evade it.

If these 3 are good, yet he still tends to play with it, just use a flash/mouth-shutter for shows, because you reduce the communication with him & are rather riding his head, instead of communicating with him via a flexible jaw, when you strap his jaw to the rest of his head.
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