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How do you achieve a light, responsive mouth?

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Question:

Does Monty have a formula about how to achieve a light responsive mouth? Does he start riding in a halter, if so how long before he starts introducing a bit and would he still ride with the halter as well as a back up? Which bit does he start with? Which bits does he progress with and how much would he expect of a youngster at each stage of training the stop and turns and what to do if they start to lean on the bit? How much does ground work flexion and long-reining help with lightness and are there negative effects of starting off straight away in a strong bit, such as a Pelham, which would achieve quicker results?

Thanks,

Alice G., UK

 

Answer:

The process of causing a horse to accept the bit and bridle is known, in most of the horse world, as “mouthing” the horse. I have heard the procedure called “bit-ting” the horse, “bitting up” the horse and “schooling to the bit and bridle.” Whatever term you use for this procedure, it is causing the horse to accept communication from the hands of the rider through the reins, and ultimately the bit.

I call mouthing one of the most important procedures where training the young horse is concerned. It is critical to cause the horse to respond to cues from the reins and bit with the most subtle cues one can accomplish. The tissues over the bars of the horse’s mouth in the area of the corners are precious to any horseman. They should be treated with utmost respect as there is no second chance to create sensitivity once this area has been damaged during training.

We all want a sensitive mouth, but we are responsible for creating that sensitivity or destroying it. The bit is our partner in that effort. Regarding your question about ‘strong bits’ remember my constant admonition that there are no harsh bits. The only things that can be harsh about a bit are the hands that hold it. The well-trained horse with a properly fitted bit can have the reins tied on with fishing line and one should not have to worry about it breaking.  

To start the young horse, however, I use the Dually Halter and teach the horse to respond to light rein pressure off the training rings on the Dually. I am also a proponent of mouthing the horse before saddling or riding. The definition of mouthing is to accustom the horse to bit and bridle (usually a snaffle). It is to cause the horse to be comfortable with wearing this device and responsive to being guided by it. It might seem strange to the reader who has seen my demonstrations to grasp this concept. I do not see the horses used in my demonstrations until the time of the event.

With a few exceptions, I don’t even know who owns them or where they come from. I want as much separation between myself and the horse as I can possibly have. This means that I would consider it inappropriate to even give instructions to the owner regarding mouthing.

To be given the chance to mouth a young horse before the start of saddling, bridling and riding is a high priority for me (outside of the parameters of a demonstration). For the past 40 years or so, I have taken every opportunity to acquaint the horse to the bit, bridle and reins before saddling and riding.

I am a strong advocate for using “black iron bits.” These were the normal bits for thousands of years before the advent of stainless steel. I find that horses prefer black iron and perform better with it than stainless steel. I further recommend that the black iron bit has copper inlaid in the mouthpiece. The combination of black iron and copper seems to me to be preferred by virtually every horse I work with.

I recommend that you accustom the horse to the surcingle, which can be accomplished in the round pen or even in a box stall. Once the horse can cope with the surcingle comfortably, I begin the process of mouthing. You should always take care not to have protrusions from the walls or fences of the enclosure you use for mouthing.

I will place a black iron snaffle with a brow band headstall appropriately on the horse’s head. You don’t need to have riding reins on the bit as a pair of side reins are used instead. The bit should sit in the horse’s mouth so that it effects a slight smile on the horse. Once the bit is touching the corners of the horse’s mouth, the handler should adjust it upward until it is about one-sixteenth of an inch higher than the corners would be in a natural state.

I suggest that the side reins be adjusted quite loosely at first. I recommend that the handler loose lunge the young horse in the round pen in sessions approximating 15 to 20 minutes in length. You can execute this event using all three natural gaits of the horse. It should be noted that exhaustion is not a part of training and you should be careful to monitor the horse’s comfort throughout the procedure.

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After the horse has accepted the surcingle and the snaffle bit with loose side reins, the handler should then begin a process of shortening the side reins until the horse is nodding off the bit. Take care not to tighten before the horse is fully comfortable as he could object to the tension and potentially suffer injury by rearing or acting out in another negative fashion.

The side reins should be equipped with elastic to allow the horse a flexible tension and not a solid one. The handler might continue to loose lunge, creating impulsion by simply tossing a light driving line behind the horse to move him forward. Be sure the environment is safe. One should study the footing and the walls closely so as not to create an environment that could be dangerous for your animal.

After two to three sessions, you can often introduce driving lines using the side rings on the surcingle at approximately the same position where a rider’s knee might be. The handler should always be sensitive to how much work the young horse is doing and how he is accepting that work.

I recommend that mouthing should take place for 10 to 12 sessions before saddling and riding. The knowing handler will vary the length of time according to the needs of the horse. The nervous, fractious animal should be mouthed for a greater number of sessions than the quiet, cooperative one.

It is extremely important to use effective safety measures, only advancing when your equine student is fully prepared for it. I have provided an illustration here so that you can see each feature of the mouthing apparatus.

Many horsemen ask me how I suggest handling the horse that tosses his head while being rid-den and I tell them that this mouthing procedure can be employed. It is most likely that a bad set of hands has caused this problem. I have found it effective to allow the horse to toss his head, simply meeting the side reins and stretching the elastics.  

Normally, horses will stop the head tossing after four or five sessions as recommended in this section. I have used this method of mouthing a horse for well over 50 years now and have found it to be most effective. When I finally saddle and ride the animal schooled in this fashion, it is amazing how cooperative he is with his turns, stops and reining back.

~ Monty 

Monty’s Points:

I recommend the mouthing process whenever it is possible:

» Start mouthing in a round pen.

» Use a black iron bit with copper inlay.

» Use a long line with a surcingle and side reins.

» Use side reins with elastic.

» Do 10 to 12 sessions of mouthing before riding.

» Limit mouthing sessions to 20 minutes or less.

» Mouthing procedures can be used for horses that toss their heads.

» Safety is critical. Advance only when your equine student is ready.

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Ask Monty 22nd September 2010

Monday, October 18th, 2010
September 22nd 2010
 
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 There is no doubt in my mind that if it took "born in" talent to execute my methods I would never have discovered them nor would I have able to execute them. The horses were my teachers, my providers and my friends. What I do is teachable and learnable. There are thousands of students globally now that amaze me with their ability. I don’t want any student to be as good as I am; I want every student to be a lot better.

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In your first book titled "The Man Who Listens to Horses" readers get an insight into your life and how you came about developing a more gentle approach to training horses. Do you think that perceptions have changed since that book came out years ago about training horses and how you can actually turn something into a positive thing by pure determination and commitment?


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Hi – lovely to see an 11-year-old girl joining up for the first time. Just thought I’d share my story of my 12-year-old daughter achieving her first join up a couple of months ago with her 14.1hh pony… just beyond words to be a parent watching that from outside the round pen and hoping, hoping it’s going to work out for them – but she was perfect and her pony took a bit of encouragement to get him away from the fence but then followed her in and they walked around and around enjoying that hooked-up feeling. Just magic!!! The smile on her face will stay with me for a long long time… thanks to Monty for giving all of us the opportunity to connect with our horses in that magic way…
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    Who are your heroes now? I read your books and followed your career. You seem to have met many influential persons over the years. In retrospect who do you look up to now?

     

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    In the past 15 years since my first book I have written extensively about individuals that I considered heroes during the course of my upbringing. Setting aside the horses that I considered my ultimate heroes as well as Sister Agnes Patricia, my 8th grade teacher, I will confine my comments to those that were outside of what I would call the immediate family. The horses and Sister Agnes Patricia were as close to me as any brothers and sisters could have been.

    As a child doing stunt work for the motion picture industry I certainly looked up to the likes of John Wayne Joel McCrea, Jeff Chandler, John Huston, and Elia Kazan. While James Dean was in my life intensely, it was unfortunately for a short period of time. I think my primary heroes during my youth were competition horsemen; Clay Carr, John Bowmen, Gene Rambo, Jimmy Williams and Barbara Worth to name a few.
    As I neared adulthood I found my hero core moving to a more cerebral group. I reached out to admire global heroes like Gandhi along with university professors such as Dr. Applegarth and William Gibford. Looking back on my evolving listed influences I hold all these memories as being critically important to my development. In recent years however I have found my allegiance to human individuals shifting significantly.
    It must be about 12 years now since I opened my eyes to the fact that if my life’s goal is to leave the world a better place for horses and for people too, then I should be shifting my hero attention to those who are working to affect progress in that area. I have awakened to the fact that this role is currently being filled by the generous students that are investing their lives to the effort of learning my concepts and passing them on.
    It is the legions of people who read my books, watch my DVDs, enroll in my courses and study my Equus Online University that eventually will be responsible for causing my life’s goal to be accomplished. I now know that it will not be possible to fully achieve my life’s goal in my own lifetime. I believe it will be the next generation that will cause my concepts of violence-free training to be considered normal, not me personally.
    It is with this communication that I would like to announce to the world that I have a whole new family of heroes out there. There are thousands of individuals who have dedicated the balance of their life to the education of my concepts. They are the shepherds of my life’s goal just as surely as they can put it in a container and carry it over the next several decades causing the world to see the extreme need for change the horse industry has needed for thousands of years.

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    SHY BOY SPEAKS!
    I’m Shy Boy is the story of Monty Roberts’ mustang companion, beginning before he was adopted. His tale begins in the Nevada mountains, where Shy Boy was born into a wild herd of horses. Seeing the world through the eyes of a horse, you experience his first encounters with the humans who capture him. His surprise at meeting Monty, a man who moves and speaks like a horse, develops into a bond of trust that will last a lifetime. Shy Boy begins an ongoing adventure to bring non-violence and communication into people’s lives, and to allow them to treat their horses with respect and understanding. Shy Boy and Monty live on Flag Is Up Farms in California, where they continue their adventures together and fulfill Monty’s mission, “To leave the world a better place than I found it for horses and for people too.”
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    The Courage to Make a Change
    I wanted to tell you all about the week I just had. After I returned home from Monty’s Riding with Respect clinic at Flag Is Up Farms, I went by the barn the next day to check on Frenchie. My trainer was there and said “so I guess your clinic was a bust… I told you it was a waste of time”. I replied that the clinic was the best thing I ever did, both for me and Frenchie, and that it seemed as if I gleaned a lot more knowledge then what could possibly be given in 3 days.

    She then asked me not to be talking about these “so called techniques” with her other students. I was offended to say the least. Many of the other students asked about my experience and I was happy to share. I then went back to the barn on Wednesday and told my trainer that anyone who rode on Frenchie was not allowed to use a whip or bat and that I had a new bit for her. She refused to follow my instructions so on Sunday I moved my horse to a new barn. Once I left six other students left too.

    They all want to take a Monty Roberts clinic and thanked me for giving them the courage to make the change. I spoke to the trainers at the new barn (before I moved Frenchie), told them what my philosophies were and that I no longer wanted my horse to be a “lesson horse”. I also said that I wanted no negative feedback about my clinic and what I learned, as I was sure that I would return for more clinics with Monty Roberts in the future.
    They were so enthusiastic that I was willing to learn more about my horse and cared about her. So far Frenchie is more calm and peaceful than I have ever seen her. Once her phobia, she now lets anyone who approaches her correctly, pick up her feet. And anytime I go near her feet she just lifts them up without me having to ask.
    This is probably more information than you all needed, but I am so proud to have put my horse first that I had to share.


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