Unbridled Discomfort

Q: My Warmblood mare is “reverse bridle shy.” She’s worried the bit is going to clank her teeth, so she throws her head … and it clanks her teeth. What can I do to help this habit? —Elizabeth, New Hampshire

A: Assuming you have investigated and addressed possible mouth and dental problems as the cause or contributing factor, the first thing I would recommend is talking to a bit specialist. You will want to work with someone who will not only make general recommendations, but also look at your horse or video of the horse working to evaluate exactly what s

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