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post #1 of 11 Old 01-18-2011, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
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What bit to try next?

We got an 18 year old TB mare about a month ago. I have started working with her and tacking her up ect.

I use a sweet iron snaffle with my gelding so thought I would start her with that bit. She hated it! She was gagging and trying to spit it out. She got better after a few minutes but never stopped working the bit.

If she doesn't like the sweet iron, should I just try a plain snaffle? Copper?
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post #2 of 11 Old 01-18-2011, 12:41 AM
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Is your 18 yo mare broke? Any idea what she was ridden in before you got her? I think a stainless stell bit is breathy neutral as far as encouraging saliva and suppleness. Maybe try that next.
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post #3 of 11 Old 01-18-2011, 02:53 AM
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I wouldn't jump to the conclusion that it had anything to do with the bit being made of iron. Maybe she just hasn't had a bit in her mouth for a long time. Or ever? Could be that a single jointed snaffle is not her cup of tea. You could try a french link. I really like the Albacon. It's German Silver, which is an alloy with some copper in it. They make a nice product. Available at Stateline and Dover.
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post #4 of 11 Old 01-18-2011, 05:26 AM
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give her time to get used to it. was the bit freezing cold?-you said she got better after a few minutes. try warming the bit first, its a small thing that can make a big difference.
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post #5 of 11 Old 01-18-2011, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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She was raced for several years so I know she has had a bit. I have no idea when she had one last. We have no idea of her riding history after she left the track.

I did warm it, I always make sure to do that.

I have a friend coming to work with her Thursday. I will see if she has some different bits to try.
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post #6 of 11 Old 01-18-2011, 05:45 PM
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I would use a double jointed snaffle on her. A lot of horses hate single jointed bits because it collapses on the tongue and bars and pinches which is very uncomfortable. If she was raced she may have some baggage with bits so I'd just let her wear it for awhile and when she relaxes take it out......wait a few minutes then do it again. Be patient.
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post #7 of 11 Old 01-18-2011, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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My friend that is coming over has one I know, I will ask her to bring it along. Thanks!
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post #8 of 11 Old 01-18-2011, 06:28 PM
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Was the bit placed too high or too low in her mouth? Is it possibly too small/large for her mouth?

We recently got a bit for my new mare and for the first about five minutes she just stood there opening her mouth. After she realized that it wasn't going away she didn't seem to care.

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post #9 of 11 Old 01-18-2011, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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It was a touch too low so I raised it, she got better after that but even after 30 minutes, she still wasn't happy.
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post #10 of 11 Old 01-18-2011, 07:41 PM
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Is it possible that her mouth is sore? Are there any abscesses, cuts, etc.? If not, maybe you could put the bridle on and then take it off as soon as she settles.

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