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i recently found sores near my horses mouth, where the bit goes. one is rubbed ...
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    what should i put on bit sores?

    i recently found sores near my horses mouth, where the bit goes.
    one is rubbed raw and the other has just rubbed the hair off.
    Does anyone know wat to put on it?
    im concerend about him licking anything off.

    Can anyone pinpoint the reason.
    am i pulling too hard, or is the bit the wrong size?


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    Hi, Sorry to see that your horse has a sore mouth, It is difficult to say what is the cause of this, generally a poorly fitting bit will pinch the corners of the mouth and this could indeed be the cause So I would want to rule this out initially, as for you pulling to hard I'm afraid that you are the only one who could answer this, do you feel that you pull on his mouth constantly? if so then you could be contributing to the problem. What type of bit are you riding him in, is he a strong horse to ride? if not then changing his bit to something like a rubber coated Snaffle could help in just being softer on the corners of his mouth, ensuring that it fits correctly.

    Theres not really much I think that you can put onto his sores, unfortunately anything that you do put on will probably be rubbed or licked off pretty quickly.

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    Seeing you're in Australia.. get yourself some of Lucas' Papaw Ointment. It has a natural antiseptic in it and if they lick it off it isn't toxic (I use it for lip balm and for all sorts of things). It is relatively cheap and works well. You may need to invest in a slightly larger bit or maybe some rubber stoppers for the bit you currently have.



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    it is a sweet snaffle bit
    he isnt a strong horse to ride,
    but when u relax the reins too much he takes off

    thank you

    will look into the lipbalm idea and work on softening my hands!!!!

    btw, it is my friends horse.
    Question:would vaseline do?

    thankx again
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    Vaseline doesn't have any antiseptic properties in it. It is a barrier only. The papaw ointment can help prevent infection along with being a barrier. For more information on it go to this website http://www.lucaspapaw.com.au/
    I use it for lip balm, for sores, rain scald on horses, cuts, bites, stings etc. The best thing about it is that when you apply it, it doesn't sting.
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    but when u relax the reins too much he takes off
    This means you've got constant contact with his mouth in order to keep him from *not* taking off. Even if the bit fits, this can cause pressure blisters over time, which is what you're seeing. A rubber bit will help, but I've seen rubber bits cause these too. Focus on softening your hands, only applying pressure when you actually need to, and keeping contact *without* pressure on the bit. Also, focus on some better training, so that the horse learns he doesn't just get to take off when there isn't heavy contact on his mouth. One-reining him around on loose reins (small circles), working on better pressure-release skills and speed control without being heavy are good options.... so is investigating some western pleasure stuff- after all, those horses are on draped reins and they don't take off.

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    Is it a loose ring bit? Could it be from his lips getting pinched between the bit and ring?
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    Can you get photos of him wearing the bit?

    That ointment is interesting. Is its made from papaws? (Sorry if that sounds totally ignorant. I can't imagine them making an ointment from them, but you never know.)

    Personally I'd put triple antibiotic on it.

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    Does the bit feel rough where it's rubbing his mouth by any chance? Could be that it's a bit rusty there and causing irritation. Just a thought
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    I've had good luck with Tincture of Myhr. I would guess they carry it down there in your pharmacy.
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