Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
It could be a combo of both. I have been VERY carefull about bit removal all winter because I noticed the problem, but the problem with pulling away could have arisen from one careless time that I removed it last summer. Even being so, so careful each time this winter, and working hard to try and not bang his teeth, his gripping of the bit has caused the banging noise pretty much every single time that I pull the bit out of his mouth.
I am going to ride him in a hackamore for a while, get a different curb, and then ride him in my loose ring, egg-butt, french link (all I have) or the new curb. I am also going to have the vet look over his mouth. Hopefully the problem will correct itself by show season.
Mikarel, you think that Billy Allen bit will be less likely for him to grip the bit right? The mullen mouth?