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post #1 of 9 Old 04-08-2012, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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Releasing the bit

I have a horse that takes the bridle fine but when unbridling sge just won't let go of the bit. When I give her time and she opens her mouth when I start lowering the bit she closes it and bangs her teeth. I have been working to solve this for some time but not making any progress.
A friend suggested putting a finger in her mouth which helped that day but then today it didn't work.

Last year my instructor thought I was doing something wrong but she had the same issue with her just not letting go of the bit and relaxing.
Any tips appreciated.
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post #2 of 9 Old 04-08-2012, 01:35 PM
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Like your instructor said- stick your finger in her mouth and wiggle it around, just like you would ask her to open her mouth FOR the bit.

You can also give him/her a soft treat which will make them chew and open their mouth a bit.

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I wonder if she's just afraid of it banging her teeth. Have you tried bridling her with a rubber-coated bit? She might feel better with something non-metal. If she's better for you with that, you can work with her on dropping the bit and eventually change it back to her regular bit.
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I wonder if she's just afraid of it banging her teeth. Have you tried bridling her with a rubber-coated bit? She might feel better with something non-metal. If she's better for you with that, you can work with her on dropping the bit and eventually change it back to her regular bit.
I do think she is afraid of banging her teeth. I may practice bridling her with my rubber bit. Thank you
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i agree to try with a rubber bit for awhile, also just wait for her to go at her own pace. i know a number of sensitive horses who have had this problem and sometimes you just have to wait for them and hold the bridle up til they drop the bit, it can take some time but after awhile they will get quicker at dropping it on their own :)

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i agree to try with a rubber bit for awhile, also just wait for her to go at her own pace. i know a number of sensitive horses who have had this problem and sometimes you just have to wait for them and hold the bridle up til they drop the bit, it can take some time but after awhile they will get quicker at dropping it on their own :)
I do hold it and wait until she drops it and then she clamps down on it again
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Not sure about this, but what if when you pull the headstall over the ears, you hold the bit in place with one hand. Then , when the headstall is free of the ears and well down the face, you kind of wiggle the bit in your holding hand a little, to encourage her to hold it with her tongue, then let go of it. Theoretically, she will hold it with her mouth and eventually spit it out on her own . It's just slightly different from having the bit drop down on it's own AS you pull the headstall over her ears. I have no idea if it will feel better to her or not.
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UPDATE. I had a lesson with a famous driving trainer and was told to just hold the bridle as long as it takes. It could be a half hour. So I have been holding it longer and not releasing when she opens her mouth but more letting her push it out with her tongue. Kinda hard to explain but haven't had an issue since and it doesn't take very long to do
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I know with young horses that will do what your horse does, I'll hold the bit and wait for them to start trying to spit it out and let them spit it out.

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