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What does it involve for a horse to "accept the bit so he can chew and swallow"?

9. desember 2011 kl. 15:19

What does it involve for a horse to "accept the bit so he can chew and swallow"?

Eiðfaxi Christmas edition includes many informative articles and one of them is written by Sabine Raad about the horses´mouth, its function and role. In this article she says:

A study at the Veterinary Clinic in Hanover made it clear that, in fact, there is no space for a bit in the horse's mouth, since the tongue fills up all space when the mouth is closed. Some horses try to get rid of the bit by moving their tongue up, down and to the side.  As a result, even more saliva is produced, which the horse cannot swallow so it simply flows out of his mouth.  In such a case, it would not be realistic to assume that the horse accepts the bit.


However, there can be other factors, apart from the bit, that cause saliva to flow from the mouth.  One of them is, if a horse is ridden too far behind the vertical, bending his neck too much.  Certain muscles at the lower part of the neck that are connected to the tongue can make it impossible for the horse to swallow if he uses these muscles too much.  A horse that is trained behind the vertical will become stiff in the jaws and the poll and therefore he cannot be accepting the bit at all.


So, what does it involve for a horse to "accept the bit so he can chew and swallow"?

Eiðfaxi web version of the Christmas magazine has been releasead and the subscribers can read it here.
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It is also possible to buy this bounteous 100 page magazine here in the Eiðfaxi webstore for only 1.862 Ikr.