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post #1 of 11 Old 01-23-2011, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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teeth grinding, i think its my fault

when I first got my horse he hadn't been riddin in like a year so when I started riding him he chewed on the bite and my trainer said he will probably stop soon, well its been 8 months since I got him and he hasnt stoped and less than a week ago he started grinding his teeth and its the most horrible noise I've ever heard! I thought it might be the noseband I put on to get him to stop chewing so I took it off one day for a lesson and he didnt grind his teeth so I thought I solved the problem but I was wrong I rode him again and he would not stop grinding! The noise drives me insane and I cought myself getting mad, and I feel terrible about it but it got to the point where I got so frusterated and anoyed that I had to get off. I think its my faulthe grinds his teeth. I've been so stressed latley that I catch myself getting flustered while im riding and can't seem to get my self to relax and I don't know what to do I almost started crying on the way home because im scared im going to wreck him but then my mom told me I just need more confidence and to stop stessing about wrecking him cause I've been doing a good job so far. Anyway sorry about the rant I was just wondering how can I stop the grinding? And what do you do if your stressed out and don't want to bring your stress to the barn?
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post #2 of 11 Old 01-23-2011, 01:03 PM
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Assuming that the bit fits and his teeth are not hurting him, maybe he just needs more time with the bit. I left my gelding to wear the headstall and bit (no reins) so that he learned to carry it happily. Just left him wearing it while tied for a couple of hours every few days while I was working around the barn. Two lessons in one, patience while standing tied and carrying the bit.

Just one more thing to check out - does he have ulcers? Teeth grinding even when not being ridden is one of the signs of ulcers.

And to get rid of your stress, spend time grooming and touching him, before you get on. You may not even need to ride - just let yourself calm down and imagine good rides, don't think about your stress inside your head. Put a picture in your head of what you WANT to be like, calm, in touch with your horse, go for baby steps and a little bit of progress each day.

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post #3 of 11 Old 01-23-2011, 01:08 PM
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Does he grind his teeth or just chomp on the bit? Does he only grind his teeth when you ride him?
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post #4 of 11 Old 01-23-2011, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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he use to just chew he just recently started grinding, and im the only one that rides, sometimes my triner hopes on if im having trouble though and I don't think he grinded with her.
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No, does he grind his teeth when he is just standing in his stall too or only when you (anyone) ride him?
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post #6 of 11 Old 01-23-2011, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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oh sorry, I've never heard him grind his teeth in his stall.
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post #7 of 11 Old 01-23-2011, 01:36 PM
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How long has it been since his sheath has been cleaned? That may be causing him discomfort when being ridden.

And make sure your hands are quiet, he could be trying to keep bit from moving possibly.
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post #8 of 11 Old 01-23-2011, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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his sheath could probably be a reason, my trainers suppose to help me clean it sometime because she went to touch it and he kept swishing his tail and threatening to kick, as for my hands I try to keep them quiet he has a soft mouth
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post #9 of 11 Old 01-24-2011, 04:31 AM
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Buzz also grinds.. its usually when he wants to go faster and I am holding him back.
I only noticed yesterday that he was chewing his bit..
I would love to know any solotions or do you just put up with it?
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post #10 of 11 Old 01-24-2011, 09:37 AM
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What sort of bit are you using? Does he neck rein?

See if you can pay special attention to when he does it. Is it always when you're transitioning through gaits, or when you're half halting, or asking him to do something that is sort of difficult for him?

I understand why it would drive you nuts and stress you out. It's definitely a nails on the chalkboard sort of sound that just eats your soul.

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