Trouble with bitting strong horse with a sensitive mouth
I recently bought a French/Dutch Warmblood mare, she has a very sensitive mouth and she's strong. She doesn't particularly like bits with chains (I'm assuming because of a bad experience in the past), but I'm using a jointed rubber pelham on her currently. I'm having a hard time bringing her back after jumps. Can anyone with experience help me find a bit that suits a horse that's strong and has a sensitive mouth? I would really appreciate your help. Thank you!
Have you considered a hackamore? IME horses that are strong but sensitive like your mare go wonderfully with either a hackamore or "hack-a-bit" combo. Often with these types a stronger bit only makes the horse more upset.
If this was a barrel horse of mine, I would go in a light combo bit.
I'm not sure what types of combos you guys have in the english world, but if I'm not mistaken there isn't a huge limit as to what you can jump in?
I'm a little surprised to see these are the only combo bits I found on Dover o.O
Happy Mouth Ribbed Mouth Hackamore Bit | Dover Saddlery
Mikmar Original Combination Bit | Dover Saddlery
Neither of which I would suggest to you.
Well, back to what I was saying about barrel racing...
Have you maybe considered putting a noseband on the snaffle so when you pull there's light nose pressure too? I know these are typically western bits but these are the combos I use on mine if they get strong but still light enough going at Mach 5 which I will give the equivelance to jumping:
Circle Y O'Ring w/Copper Mullen Mouth - The Tack Stop
Sweet Six - The Tack Stop
^ For that one, they sell an attachable noseband seperately.
Myler makes a combo bit too that looks super nice. Maybe check that out?
how is she on the flat ? can you stop her easily ?
does she rush the fences or just run off after them ?
most likely you dont have a bitting issue, but a training issue. do you have any video ?
I would try her in a stright bar bit (like a mullen mouth) with a nice, think mouthpeice for her to grab onto. Sometimes strong horses are actually running away from pain so giving her a gentle bit may help.
If not, try her in a jointed eggbutt snaffle with a thin mouthpeice which is more severe than a thick mouthpeice.
I would also suggest a gag but if she is sensitive I would try to find something else first and use the gag as a last resource.
The gag applies pressure in differant places though. More so the poll. That may actually help too, it'll take away from the mouth.
I would get an experienced coach to evaluate you and your horse to see if you really do need a new bit or if it is a training problem, and then help you fix the training/bitting problem. I doubt it is actually a bitting problem, probably a training problem.
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