Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Over a bit

The baby likes to play with his bit. I thought this was a pretty normal thing and didn't think much of it until I noticed his entire tongue was sticking out to the side and wiggling around. The baby likes to get his tongue on top of the bit. So I unbridled him, re-bridled him, and stuck my finger in his mouth holding the bit up so he couldn't get his tongue over the top. This obviously was not a long-term solution. So I tightened the bridle a lot, so he was really grinning, and he was really trying but couldn't get it over. (I also noticed the 5" bit is too big and I'm going to have to get a smaller one. I'd like to get a French Link, do they come in full cheek?) Until I got on. Looked down, and there's his giant tongue wiggling out to the side. I don't know how he fits the whole thing in his tiny head. I just rode anyway- we did a few laps each way at the walk, and one lap each way at the trot! He jogged along like a western pleasure horse with his head down on a loose rein. At the advice of Katie, who found him for me at the track, I'll put a figure 8 or drop noseband on next time and see if that helps. He was a gooooooood booooooooooooy today.


mugwump said...

I have had success with actually dropping the bit. So low he has to pick it up and hold it. They will play and play and finally realize the most comfortable way to carry it is by holding it with their tongue in place. (Warning, it can take awhile)

Albigears said...

Thanks Mugs, I like that idea a lot more than forcing his mouth shut. I don't mind if it takes a while, I want to be able to ride him without a noseband out on trails, etc. Glad to hear there's a more natural way of doing things... I wasn't sure if he would ever figure it our or not. We'll find out!