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    07-27-2010, 05:25 PM
Question Worrying/Chewing the bit

I'm working with a four year old QH gelding. Started him out with a side pull which he seriously didn't like so I switched to a snaffle. Here's the problem: when I put it on him and he's just standing around, he's fine; when I give him direction from the ground and flex him, he's just fine; when I'm on his back, he chews and chomps at the thing (and not in a good way). I've ridden him with it about 5-6 times (10-15 min per session), and he doesn't seem to be getting any better. The question is this: Do I need to try a different bit or just give him more time? If you recommend a different bit, what would you suggest? Thanks!
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    07-27-2010, 05:50 PM
Green Broke
It may take time but it also may be something else entirely. Is your saddle fitting your horse correctly? Is there anything that could be "ouchy." A lot of horses will react this way when something is uncomfortable or causing pain.
    07-27-2010, 05:56 PM
Originally Posted by Cinnys Whinny    
It may take time but it also may be something else entirely. Is your saddle fitting your horse correctly? Is there anything that could be "ouchy." A lot of horses will react this way when something is uncomfortable or causing pain.
He seems fine with everything else. He's to the point that he will walk the outer edge of the arena (both directions) just fine without 'chomping' the bit; however, when I signal him to change direction (cut across the arena), he starts having issues. Initially, I thought he was not comfortable without the security of the arena 'wall,' but now I'm beginning to wonder if it's something else. Make sense???
    07-27-2010, 06:03 PM
I would definitely check out the pain issue. From what I understand, I don't think it's just being new to it all. Let us know how it goes.

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