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  1. #1
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    Default Chewing on the bit... all the time!!

    My 8 year old TB gelding chews on the bit almost immediately when I put his bridle on. We event at BN and he does this all the time, even when we are just hacking out an a sunny Sunday. I've had him in a loose ring French snaffle and then switched to an egg butt. I've tightened, loosened and even changed from a 5 and a half to a 5 and a quarter. He is a good horse, obedient, willing, responsive not anxious or nervous. I don't know if he does this out of boredom or what.
    Is this a problem or should I just except who he is... a bit chewer?
    Thanks!



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    If it has been longer than 6 months since his teeth have been done, you should probably have them floated, and have the vet or dentist (whoever is doing the teeth) check the gums and the mouth generally to look for sores.

    The horse might also benefit from having a chiro look at him.

    You could also try a baucher bit; a lot of horses that fuss with the bit prefer the baucher and have a quieter mouth with it. Another possibility would be a plastic mullen mouth, like the Nathe or HS Duo bits.

    Good luck.
    "The formula 'Two and two make five' is not without its attractions." --Dostoevsky



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    My guy is a chewer, switching to a full cheek with keepers made a world of difference. He is still a chewer, but sometimes I can ripple a rein on one side, and tell him ' snap out of it' now.
    A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking. (Steven Wright)



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    I had his teeth floated in August... but I might try the baucher or a mullen mouth. thanks!



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    I had a horse that did this when he was younger, even after he had his teeth floated. I put in him a copper roller bit. He could mouth the bit, but he stopped chewing on it.



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