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post #11 of 15 Old 05-22-2012, 05:22 PM
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Lol. Tessa switched Annie to a rubber dee as she's uber sensitive in her mouth. Does Carolynn have one you can try?
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post #12 of 15 Old 05-22-2012, 08:04 PM
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Sky used to chomp a LOT and so I switched him to a narrower (his bit was the thickness of a man's thumb) french link (with some copper) and he loves it. No more chomping, very happy boy.

Another member on here switched to a curb with rollers (versus a snaffle) and her horse stopped chomping.

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post #13 of 15 Old 05-22-2012, 08:57 PM
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Every horse is going to like something different. Like previous posters said it's trial and error. Eventually you'll get it right. But changing bits will only help if the problem is your horse doesn't care for the bit you're using. A training problem won't be fixed by changing bits no matter how much the horse may like a particular bit. As for metal types Dallas and Shay definitely seem to prefer copper and aurigan to stainless steel. Some of the other horses I've worked with don't seem to care.

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post #14 of 15 Old 05-23-2012, 07:34 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks all! Just to play around with what I already have, I put her french link back in her mouth last night and she was noticeably better! She was actually seeking out the bit rather than sucking back as if afraid of what was coming, like she had been doing with the single jointed snaffle! I hope this continues though, sometimes when I try something new with her I get this reaction until about 5 rides later when she reverts back again. So we shall see, but it was quite the nice difference in ride, so I'm pretty pleased and will be using the french link in our lesson this evening

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Sky used to chomp a LOT and so I switched him to a narrower (his bit was the thickness of a man's thumb) french link (with some copper) and he loves it. No more chomping, very happy boy.

Another member on here switched to a curb with rollers (versus a snaffle) and her horse stopped chomping.

It's all about trial and error.
Yep that's why I haven't bothered getting a happy mouth with her...she prefers the thinner bits, as soon as there is rubber stuffed into her mouth she does the chomping thing even worse!

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