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Re: [RC] Chewing on the bit - superpat

With my two mares, I had a problem with them (one in particular) chewing and mouthing the bit. My trainer said not to worry, just work on getting her to relax and go forward into the bit. Wouldn't you know....she was right. I can tell when she becomes tense as the chewing returns. With my younger mare (just turning six) the issue was her mouth being open. As she relaxes, she is going more and more easily with her mouth closed. As I learn to keep constant contact with the bit without pulling or jerking on the mouth, my hands and reins becoming more elastic, these habits with the mouth are becoming less and less evident.
Keep working into relaxation and I will wager the chewing will disapear.
Good luck....
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, April 08, 2003 7:27 PM
Subject: [RC] Chewing on the bit

Hi All,
     Would like some advice/ideas about my young gelding.  He is just turning 4 this spring.  I started him last summer.  I am not really consistent about training as I have my mare that I currently compete with to keep in shape, but try to get on the baby as often as possible.  With spring/summer coming on I hope to get better.
     Anyway, I currently am using an eggbutt snaffle on the gelding.  He chews or bites at it all the time.  I am not a trainer (first horse I have started) so I don't know if he is doing this because the bit doesn't lay in the bars properly or if he is just doing it to avoid listening to me.  Anyone have or had this experience with a young or old one and have any ideas I'd sure like to hear about them.
Becky R. - Montana

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