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post #11 of 16 Old 02-02-2013, 05:28 AM
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I found my horses absolutely hate the sweet iron bits. They gape their mouths and bull and don't seem "happy in the mouth". If that's not it i would seriously be looking at teeth and if nothing is found change dentist, then get his back and neck, in general his hoe body worked.

If that turns up nothing, change the bits, single joint egg butt is what all my horses like ( i have 5, of the 5, 3 like it, the other to, i haven't worked.) Even straight bar could be an idea. I wont ever again put forward the notion of a a french link/pea/double jointed bit, but i know i just can't stand them, and when i ride with them my horses fuss and fiddle. ;)

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post #12 of 16 Old 02-02-2013, 11:27 AM
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The bit may be your problem.

I just posted this reply to another potential bit problem.

Part of your problem my be the bit. And a snaffle may not be of any help. At one time we used a snaffle to start all of our horses, then I found some of them did poorly in the snaffle. After quite a bit of research, I found the cause of the problem. The floor of the mouth of quite a few horses is too shallow to allow the tongue to get under the bit, without a lot of pressure on the tongue. The snaffle is the worst bit you can use if this is the case. We started using the toklat #89-20015 HBT 5" shank w/the SI 01 CI mouth. You can attach the reins to the bit at the connection to the mouth piece, so there is no lever action at all. Then when you ready for lever action move the reins to the shanks. The bit has a raised mouth piece that provides clearance for the tongue.

Many, many hard mouthed horses are made this way because the horse is simply protecting his tongue.

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post #13 of 16 Old 02-02-2013, 11:34 AM
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My appy gelding absoultly hates and jointed bit and with gape his mouth open and do everything in his power to avoid the bit. I managed to get in contact with his former owner(he came from a kill pen so it wasn't easy) and they said that he was always that way and he was much more comfortable in a curb bit.
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post #14 of 16 Old 02-02-2013, 11:41 AM
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Check to be sure the bit he's using is the correct size and that its not too high or too low.
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post #15 of 16 Old 02-02-2013, 11:44 AM
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Maybe the bit is too thick/thin?
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post #16 of 16 Old 02-02-2013, 05:01 PM
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If he neck reins well, try riding him in just a halter. Only when you are comfortable with it though. Maybe get someone to hold him on a lead rope and see how he does with your cues while you're on him. Just my opinion, my horse seems more relaxed and willing when I ride him in a halter. Good luck(:
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