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Date Posted: 16:55:53 06/07/08 Sat
Author: Kelsey
Subject: Bits
In reply to: Cathy 's message, "Which bit do you have your Friesian in?" on 11:04:22 06/07/08 Sat

The larger bit should solve the problem, but it may take a little while to heal, during which time it might be a good idea to take it easy on his mouth..maybe do some alternative exercises which don't require the bit. Also, check to make sure the rubber rings aren't aggravating the sore spot.

Here is a helpful article on bit fitting and what to do about sores that have formed. http://www.ehow.com/how_2169314_fit-horses-bit.html

Here is an excerpt:

With bits that have hinged mouthpieces that swing or move freely, pinching is a problem. The loose-ring snaffle, tom thumb, "wonder" bit, or any bit with gag action (bits that allow the mouthpieces to slide) can pinch the corners of the horse's mouth or rub the skin raw. If your horse is having this problem, you'll often notice a small sore in the corner of his mouth, much like a sore you might get from walking in shoes that are a size too small. If this occurs, you'll need to switch bits or use round rubber bit guards that can be placed on each side of the bit. Once a sore has formed, your horse will need a few days to recover without use of the bit. Apply Vaseline or an antibiotic ointment to keep the wound from becoming dry, chapped or infected.

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