Second, about bits. Before you go out and buy a new bit of any kind
stick your fingers up in your horses mouth to see what kind of room
he/she has between her tongue and the roof of his/her mouth. Some horses
have thicker tongues than others and need a "skinny" mouth piece. My
mare did the same thing (chewed the shank). I switched to a "skinny"
snaffle (she made the chewing motions in a "fat" snaffle) after I stuck
my fingers in her mouth and found there wasn't a whole lot of room left.
She hasn't "chewed" since.
Third, please e-mail me privately as not to tie up the list with this
non-endurance question. Does anybody have any information on EPM (Equine
Protozoal Myeloencephalitis)? A local vet called wanting to talk to our
Horsemen's Association about the epidemic of EPM in our area and I can't
find anything on the subject. My vet book only gives a brief description
of the disease. I would like to be prepared to ask questions
(intelligent ones, if possible) and thoroughly grill this vet (I don't
like him) before I will take his word for anything. There have been 12
confirmed cases and 5 suspected cases of EPM here on the Palos Verdes
Peninsula in the past few months and I don't want people leaving our
meeting in a panic. If you could direct me to magazine articles or books
or whatever I would be most grateful.