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Need temporary bitless exercise options, please!!

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  • Need temporary bitless exercise options, please!!

    My little lady had a dentist appointment Saturday. All went well but she had a wolf tooth removed. Dentist recommended 2 weeks without a bit in her mouth. No other limitations, just nothing in her mouth till the wound has defiantly healed.

    So, my question is, anyone out there have any suggestions for bit-less activities?? I’m already on the hunt around the barn for a bit-less bridle (but have no intention of buying one for just 2 weeks). I did a little ground work with her and was trying to do some lateral work, but was having a hard time without the help of side-reins (as I would usually have her in them to do lateral ground work). I was finding it hard to control both shoulders and keep the outside should from drifting as I can only be on one side on the ground. Can I use side-reins without a bit and just attached them to a halter or cavason? Maybe I am not going about it correctly and need to use/position my body more effectively?

    Any experience/suggests would be helpful.

    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited by WSQHGal; Sep. 27, 2010, 02:37 PM. Reason: title more specific

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    Sidepull. http://www.buckarooleather.com/hobbl...eadstalls.html
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    • #3
      You see, I don't understand how you would be a le to achieve lateral work in side reins! Might as well just be me but I would find it way to restrictive!

      Maybe try to work differently? Find new ways of positionning yourself, using arena's walls and or starting the exercice differently?

      2 weeks is not that long!!! You'll get back to 'normal' work soon!
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      • #4
        After my horse had dental work this spring, I rode him for a short time in a hackamore, He went quite well in it and we didn't miss a beat until he could use a bit again.


        • #5
          Do you have a dropped noseband? Just attach the reins to the rings on the dropped noseband. If necessary, put a piece of fleece over the nose part. I have no trouble doing lateral work in that set up. I don't think I did ground work that way, but I would not anticipate a problem.

          I use both reins for groundwork- I have never used sidereins for groundwork.

          What did you have on her head when you were doing the groundwork?

          chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).


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            Originally posted by Janet View Post
            Do you have a dropped noseband? Just attach the reins to the rings on the dropped noseband. If necessary, put a piece of fleece over the nose part. I have no trouble doing lateral work in that set up. I don't think I did ground work that way, but I would not anticipate a problem.

            I use both reins for groundwork- I have never used sidereins for groundwork.

            What did you have on her head when you were doing the groundwork?
            I do have access to a drop nose band and I think that could be a good option for me. I know, two weeks isn't THAT long...

            As far as what I was doing ground work in, dentist came out Saturday, so she had that day off afterwards. Sunday I came out to groom her and let her graze per the vets suggestion. She has had a little bit of a sticky stifle, so I was walking/trotting her up hills and desided to just take her into the arena and try some basic lateral moves to keep her loose. So, short answer long, I just had her in a rope halter, which I normally use on her.