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post #11 of 15 Old 07-05-2008, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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So on Sunday when I ride him, it'll be in the snaffle. I brought the bits and bridles home so that way I could switch them up and clean 'em. They were a bit grimy and I'm sure you know what I mean! lol So I'm going to try him with just the snaffle and see how he goes. Maybe put the martingale depending on how he goes.
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post #12 of 15 Old 07-05-2008, 03:47 PM
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Sounds like a good plan to me :)
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post #13 of 15 Old 07-07-2008, 10:12 PM
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Sounds like there is something going on with his mouth that is causing him pain maybe. Or maybe when he was trained in the past, whoever started or trained him treated him a certain way or did something, so maybe throwing his head has become a reaction to escape or express something. Sorry, i'm not sure if all that makes sense.

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post #14 of 15 Old 07-08-2008, 03:47 PM
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how long has it been since his teeth were floated?....this could be what is anoying him...but switching the bit would be wise.
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post #15 of 15 Old 07-11-2008, 11:31 PM
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So glad you are changing bits! I hate TT's. Something else you may want to think about........he may not be very tolorant of a single jointed mouthpiece. Do you usually ride with contact or loose reins? A single jointed mouthpiece isn't really ideal for contact because it creates a nutcracker effect that pokes them in the roof of the mouth and it collapses on the tongue and bars. Some horses will toss their heads, chew on the bit, open their mouths, etc. if ridden in a single jointed snaffle. So maybe, if this behavior continues, get a double jointed snaffle, like the french link. You might also want to educate yourself on Myler's philosophy on bits regarding tongue/bar contact and relief if you aren't familiar with it already.

I actually would not ride him in the martingale. Something is triggering his behavior and really the martingale will just hide it. Find the cause and fix it, don't cover it up.
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