Shut your mouth! How bit thickness impacts performance.

"My horse is very sensitive so I bought the softest bit I could, its a really thick hollow snaffle - but my horse is still not accepting the contact. Can you help?"YES! A very common mistake people make when bitting their horse is to purchase the thickest (sometimes its up to 20mm-25mm thick!) and also lightest hollow or thick rubber snaffle they can find. Somewhere along the line they have been t…

The Common Problem of the OTTB with a Fussy Mouth

Probably 4 or 5 times a week I get an email or phone call from someone who is struggling with an off the track horse with an over active mouth. The symptoms can include (but are not restricted to) excessive chewing of the bit, picking it up with the molars, pulling the tongue back, putting the tongue out, putting the tongue over the bit, pulling the lips back, opening the mouth, etc.  The che…