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post #31 of 34 Old 11-20-2016, 06:27 PM
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So, what is a wet mouth,opposed to a mouth that is closed and quiet, no cavasson required?
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I know this a is western, and it is an amateur class in western riding, but, wearing a bit, can have just as happy a mouth, as any bittless devise,
This is a western riding class, with lead changes, done on a loose rein, with the mouth of the horse quite, closed and relaxed
Don;t blame the bit, , blame the hands on the reins, for any negative association with bits. If a horse is performing those changes, on a loose rein, whether a hackmore or a bridle is on that head, makes no difference, JMO The horse will have a'happy mouth'

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A wet mouth in a horse that's ridden in a dressage type contact should also be a quiet, closed mouth
If the mouth is wet because the horse is chomping on the bit and doing its best to avoid the contact or free up its tongue then it isn't the 'right sort of wet mouth'.
You often see that excessive saliva/foaming in horses that have been ridden btv for a prolonged length of time because it over stimulates the salivary glands
In 'contact' riding you expect to see a horse that's comfortable and accepting of the contact relaxed and gently 'mouthing' the bit and if they're doing that they're stimulating the salivary glands just enough to have a wet mouth
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Yes, I agree correct contact, along with a good metal choice, creates a wet mouth, but to me,that is not seen by any obvious 'wettness', outside of the mouth, but by a quiet closed mouth , which indicates to me a happy, thus moist mouth.
I just did not see where any picture, would show a 'wet' mouth, but rather a happy and relaxed mouth, thus, not a horse with a foamy mouth, working the bit JMO
Just a different way of saying the same thing, as I looked and looked at video of the bittless dressage horse, to see the 'wet mouth', and did not see any rewarded wettnes, visible on the outside, thus, it must be just another way of saying a horse is working with a quite , relaxed and closed mouth,
on his own, no cavasson, thus assumed his mouth is therefore happy and moist.
That should always be the case, JMO, with a horse ridden not just bittless, but with a bit also.
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