Bit-less Bridle Suggestions Recovering From Broken Jaw
My horse broke his jaw 2 weeks ago (when trying to bite at horse next to him.) He has his lower jaw wired. The vet said he could return to light work using a hackamore or bit-less bridle (he is rehabbing from a suspensory injury and was cleared the morning of to start canter work ) The hackamores we have will not work as they interfere with the injury (cavesson ties too low.) Any suggestions on a bit-less bridle? He doesn't pull or get strong. He is my hunter/eq horse. Thanks in advance!
I agree, if he's okay with it I'd just use a plain halter and hook your reins to the side rings. The bitless bridles put pressure on the nose/jaw and poll, same with any kind of mechanical hackamore. I have a jumping hackamore that is a padded nose band with rings on either side, pretty much like a halter.
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If it was my horse would wait to ride until the jaw is healed. Pain can make a horse do some 'unexpected' things.
I agree, wait until it's completely healed. Do in-hand work, teaching him to work off a neck rope only. I wouldn't put anything on the head at this point.
Bones in the body heal at different rates. While one bone may take 3-4 months
to be at 75-80% healed, another bone may take 9-12 months before all re-modeling of the bone is complete. If any joints are involved it could be longer.
You may be able to google studies in horse fractures and get more info.
I believe it's better to be conservative and give it plenty of time rather than inhibit healing due to excessive movement/pressure.
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For those serious about riding without a bridle, a pigging string is stiff enough to be just right for that without flopping around as the horse moves, while being soft enough to be able to use it loosely.
When riding with something around the horse's neck, always keep it loose, use it to "bump" as lightly as you may, never try to pull the horse here or there with it, best to use it only to give light signals, horses learn very well to respond to those.