So I posted earlier with info and pics of our new miniature foal, and thought I would share some of his other half, also with a question. So I purchased this miniature mare "Chocolate" about 6 months ago, and fairly swiftly started her driving training. We had very little problems getting her used to the sounds of strange things following her (wheel barrow, tarps, bells, etc), and the harness went awesome. When I started bitting her, I was having plenty of issues. We couldn't find anything she liked at all! We took her to the dentist and he said her teeth were fine, but showed us that her mouth was full of scars! So she has been hitched a couple of times now with just a halter for driving (I know that is kind of a stupid idea but she literally spooks in place, she never bolts, barely ever spooks in the first place, and is more bold and curious about "scary" objects anyways, but I do know that anything can happen). I was just wondering what people would suggest for her bitting problems? And anyways thought I would share some pics.
Thanks everyone in advance!!
Poor thing, sounds like maybe she has had VERY bad experiences with bits in the past, with all the scarring you mentioned.
I guess if I were in your place I would try and re-introduce her gradually. Make it as pleasant an experience as possible.
First make sure you have a properly fitting bit, and that you do not have the adjustment too tight as well.
I have seen flavored wraps that you can put on bits, makes them taste good. If you can't find those maybe just smear some apple sauce or some thing along those lines on the bit.
Hopefully over time she will come to think of it as a good thing.
Re-introduce her gradually. Just bridle her every day, but just for like 5 - 10 minutes, and then start increasing the time as she gets used to the idea and realizes it is not going to hurt.
Praise her A LOT, while she is wearing it, and then maybe even give her a reward once it is removed.
Hope that might help or at least give you some ideas that will. Good luck!
Let us know how she is coming along with it.