Sarah Nelson Jumping | 3 Questions | 8 Answers

I curently use a d-ring snaffle on my mare (only 4 yr) I've noticed she moves her head up and chomps on the bit. She is still somewhat a baby but should I consider a new bit?

I curently use a d-ring snaffle on my mare (only 4 yr) I've noticed she moves her head up and chomps on the bit. She is still somewhat a baby but should I consider a new bit?
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Sounds like she's being evasive. It's best to try and encourage her to work properly and over the back.
Try a loose ring myler bit. Centre piece rolls with the tongue
I would try a rubber snaffle.
Absolutely. Your horse, through throwing her head and chomping, is communicating to you that she is in discomfort. The nutcracker action of the snaffle which you have focuses pressure on the roof of the mouth (hence her throwing her head up to avoid the pain) and pressures the lower gums and can pinch the sides of her tongue depending on the shape of her mouth.
For starters, I would consider either a plastic/rubber mullen bit, which evenly distributes pressure on her lower jaw, especially the tongue.
Or if you prefer, a lozenge bit reduces the effect of the nutcracker effect on the horses upper jaw.
Try to keep the bit you use as light as possible. Personally I broke in my youngster bitless with a hackamore, since she despised the bit so I listened to her and tossed it to the side.
Do what is best for your horse and your horse will appreciate you for it :)
Go for a lighter bit or one with a different action, or if you're prepared to then go bitless.
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