Biting the Bit

I have two mares that bite on the bit when I am trying to take their bridles off and won't release the bit without a fight.

Story originally posted by: Maggie Flowers

Hello,

I have two mares that bite on the bit when I am trying to take their bridles off and won’t release the bit without a fight.

Please help.
Mark Tuttle

Hello Mark,

You should never force the bit out of a horses mouth. Instead offer the opportunity for the horse to release on its own. By forcing the bit out you may cause damage to the horses mouth not to mention that soon the horse will learn to refuse the bit entirely. Horses naturally mouth the bit a little when bitting up or out. This is their way of engaging or disengaging the bit out of its pocket.

Believe me no horse I know would hold on to a bit any longer then he needs to.

Maggie Flowers