|Alabama 4 year old Missouri Fox Trotter ridden
in Alum curb bit and Cordura western saddle in Round pen, pasture, small
oblonged arena by Intermediate rider, no professional riding lessons.
Question: Doesn't like the alum curb bit, chews at it and kind of moving
her head from side to side a lot. Mostly ride for pleasure, trails,
etc. I show her for fun once a year. She has a great fox trot
and very smooth. Want to do what is best for her.
From Panelist Liz
Another thing is to be sure that the bridle eyes are a little bent out away from the face. Not the shanks just the bridles eyes. Many times the manufactures already do this for us but once in a while I do see where that has not been done so the bridle eyes of the bit can be rubbing on the sides of the mouth. With all this done and no problem found then it may be time to consider a different bit.
Since she seems to gait well with this bit It sounds like it is not
the balance of the bit because this would put her in a carriage that would
change her gait. It could be the type of metal (aluminum) that she is not
happy with. This is very common with the aluminum but there are horses
that do just fine in it too. Aluminum bits can in some horses create an
unpleasant taste and can also be drying to the mouth. Having a good moist
mouth eliminates friction from the bit being engaged. Try different
metals such as nickel, sweet iron, stainless steel, or even copper. If
this is not having an effect next would be the mouth piece. Try some different
ones such as a mullen, Billy Allen . These do well in fox trotters. To
buy all these bits to try is very expensive so I would find people that
may have some of these options to try before purchasing. I do recommend
before putting someone else's horse bit in her mouth to sanitize it to
protect your horse and theirs. 1 part bleach and 32
Thanks for this question this topic is one of my favorites.
From Panelist Bob
If your horse does not have wolf teeth or other dental problems, I think that she is trying to tell you that she doesn't like that bit. Aluminum bits dry the mouth and don't taste very good either. You might try a sweet iron bit or a bit with a copper overlay. These bits promote salivation and they taste better! (Yes, I taste bits!) <g>
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