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post #1 of 21 Old 11-19-2019, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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So I have a little 10yo Quarab guy that was abandoned for over 4 years, until I took him in. He's broke to ride, but not trained and I obviously don't know much about him, except that he has a scarred palate from the past. I'm doing English riding with him, possibly a bit of jumping later on and at the moment I use an O-ring snaffle bit. He seems fine for the most part but fights it a lot. He may just need more training but I have a feeling he doesn't like it. Any ideas on a bit that may make him more comfortable?
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post #2 of 21 Old 11-19-2019, 11:30 PM
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Have his teeth been checked? If not, that needs to come before anything. A bit that he may normally be comfortable with might not fit if his teeth are messed up.

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post #3 of 21 Old 11-20-2019, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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Have his teeth been checked? If not, that needs to come before anything. A bit that he may normally be comfortable with might not fit if his teeth are messed up.

Just before I got full ownership of him (about a month ago), he had his teeth floated, his vaccinations done, and all that good stuff. I don't know what bit hes been comfortable in as I don't know any of his history. I've only used O-ring snaffles and he still knaws and pulls on it. I've tried my mares' D-ring and he won't tolerate that at all

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post #4 of 21 Old 11-20-2019, 02:24 AM
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Could be he doesn't like whatever type of metal (stainless, copper, sweet iron) the bit is or he could prefer a solid bit over a snaffle. This is the reason many of us end up with a large collection of bits. If you have a friend with one of those collections ask if they mind if you use some to experiment so you'll know what type to buy.

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post #5 of 21 Old 11-20-2019, 03:36 AM
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the ring of the bit has a minimal effect. the bit itself is more likely to affect a behavioral reaction.

How do you know his palate is scarred?


If you need a bit, try a double jointed snaffle first He may prefer that. Also, not too thick for his mouth and don't pull it up too high. skip the old 'two wrinkles ' adage. One or NO wrinkle may be more comfortable for him.


maybe he will prefer a solid bit, or even one with a bit of leverage.



OR, bitless.
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post #6 of 21 Old 11-20-2019, 08:16 AM
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Try different mouth pieces. If I have one who's really fussy in a loose ring, I'll go the opposite side and try my Mullen eggbutt, fl baucher, and/or ported d ring. All are very stable with different features. Then based on their reaction I can see if there's another one that would suit.
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post #7 of 21 Old 11-20-2019, 09:50 AM
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the ring of the bit has a minimal effect. the bit itself is more likely to affect a behavioral reaction.

How do you know his palate is scarred?


If you need a bit, try a double jointed snaffle first He may prefer that. Also, not too thick for his mouth and don't pull it up too high. skip the old 'two wrinkles ' adage. One or NO wrinkle may be more comfortable for him.


maybe he will prefer a solid bit, or even one with a bit of leverage.



OR, bitless.
I totally agree with this. The thickness of the mouthpiece is important r/t the size of the horse's mouth. Also use a double jointed (bean) snaffle as opposed to a single joint.

Or a straight, Mullin mouth. Or bitless. Would avoid anything with shanks.
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post #8 of 21 Old 11-20-2019, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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the ring of the bit has a minimal effect. the bit itself is more likely to affect a behavioral reaction.

How do you know his palate is scarred?


If you need a bit, try a double jointed snaffle first He may prefer that. Also, not too thick for his mouth and don't pull it up too high. skip the old 'two wrinkles ' adage. One or NO wrinkle may be more comfortable for him.


maybe he will prefer a solid bit, or even one with a bit of leverage.



OR, bitless.


Thank you, I will definitely try that.

My friend is actually the one who took him in first, she had teeth and all done with him then he was given to me. She's the one who told me he has a scarred palate.

He likes thinner bits it seems, but then again I haven't tried anything real thick

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post #9 of 21 Old 11-20-2019, 12:08 PM
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hi, I'm at your barn. I have Nick.
I have a few bits you're welcome to try with him that are gentle lozenge copper mouths. And if you want help with learning to jump and starting polework I'm happy to help you. I have most of either Tuesdays or Thursdays available.
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post #10 of 21 Old 11-20-2019, 12:14 PM
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hi, I'm at your barn. I have Nick.
I have a few bits you're welcome to try with him that are gentle lozenge copper mouths. And if you want help with learning to jump and starting polework I'm happy to help you. I have most of either Tuesdays or Thursdays available.
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I'm soooo jealous. I want another HF'er near me or at my barn.

Trying different bits without someone to let you use their's can become an expensive endeavor. It's why we all become known for being tack hoarders. On the current mouth piece, what is the material? I have noticed that my one mare hates the regular O-ring, but I used the SAME bit that was copper mouth and she was fine.

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