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Newby32 02-06-2012 11:37 PM

Bit recommendation for my mouthy horse
The first few times I rode my gelding (with a snaffle bit), he was doing quite a lot of head tossing when asked to do what he didn't want to do. For example, stand still when he wanted to continue home. I was told that he was ridden by children that allowed him to pull the reins from their hands with the head toss. He has never been able to pull from my hands, but it doesn't mean he still doesn't try. During these rides he would chew and chew on his bit.

My trainer wanted to try him in a hackamore and he has done very well with it. However, he tries to get the shank in his mouth every chance he gets. I literally spend most of my ride keeping it out of his mouth. He will also try to get rein in his mouth to chew on, or when I am bridling him, he tries to chew the chin strap, etc. If I just hold him with a lead rope, he stands pretty quietly, but if there is anything even near his mouth, he wants to chew. He is obsessed with chewing on things.

My question is, should I use one of those bits with a roller? Should I give him a bit to play with (being that it seems he enjoys it) or should I try to discourage this behavior? He takes the bit easier than any horse at the ranch. It's like he's excited about it! I've been told not to let him chew on things as it ruins them and I certainly don't let him do that. However if happily chomping on the bit is what he wants, do I let him?

waresbear 02-06-2012 11:46 PM

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This bit is almost guaranteed to make your horse like a bit in his mouth. Every horse I have used it on works excellent with it.

Newby32 02-06-2012 11:59 PM

Great! I will give it a try. Is he able to play with it some?

waresbear 02-07-2012 12:01 AM

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Yes, it moves in the middle of the port. If you want a roller pinchless, check out the other bits, I highly recommend these bits confidently.

tinyliny 02-07-2012 12:03 AM

I don't think the horse minds a bit in his mouth, but rather that he is too busy with it and with anything else that comes near enough to be put into his mouth.

I like the idea of getting him a roller bit.

smrobs 02-07-2012 12:07 AM

One thing to consider though if you get a bit with rollers. Some horses will get so involved with playing with the rollers that they start to focus on that and ignore the cues you try to give.

Newby32 02-07-2012 12:18 AM

tinyliny- Exactly.

smrobs- I've thought about this too. Right now, he is so focused on getting something in his mouth that he definitely not all the way with me. When we are about to go into a canter, I let out rein, which makes it loose enough for him to grab hold of the shank and begin cantering with it in his mouth. I have to pull it out of his mouth while trying to concentrate on where we are going! He really reminds me of my two year old twins. Everything in the mouth! I wish they made binkies for horses!

I think the roller bit is worth a shot. I've been considering this for a while. I will definitely give waresbears suggestion a try. Can this only be ordered online or do you think I could find it at our local tack shop?

waresbear 02-07-2012 12:22 AM

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I bought 3 of those at our local tackshop, but I think I just lucked out as the owner of the tackshop is nuts about those bits too. I ordered one of the kimberwicke online as they don't carry those.

smrobs 02-07-2012 04:14 PM

It couldn't hurt to give it a try, it does work for some horses, but now at least you won't be surprised if it doesn't.

aspin231 02-08-2012 05:25 PM

You could also try a bit with keys ( Redirect Notice ) if a roller to play with is not sufficient :) Good luck.

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