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QUESTION: hello sir, can i use plastic bits like the apple mouth or happy mouth bits on soft jawed horses?

ANSWER: hi --- i have never heard of such bits.  we use rubber covered bits , such as a snaffle for a horse that has a soft mouth. most of the problems however, come from bad teeth and caps that need to be pulled out. if you float their teeth every 6 months, you should have no problems with soft bits. thanks ED HESS

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QUESTION: sir, i meant these bits. can i use these bits on soft jawed horses?

ANSWER: HI -- I GUESS YOU CAN USE THESE BITS AS LONG AS THET DO NOT PUT PRESSURE ON A SOFT JAWED HORSES MOUTH. RUBBER COVERED OR JUST HARD RUBBER BITS ARE USUALLY USED ON SOFT JAWED HORSES. THANKS ED HESS

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QUESTION: hello sir, may i know what do you mean by "horses with bad teeth" and "caps"?

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HI ---  when you have the tooth ferry float your horses teeth every 6 months, you avoid all of the tooth problems that they may have. caps are removed in the younger horses. the teeth grow in layers, the top layers must be removed at a certain time in order to keep the caps from bothering the horses. thanks ED HESS  

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Have trained thoroughbreds for 30 odd years. Have been a licensed trainer for that long of time. I continue to train my race horses and thoroughly enjoy every day.

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Experience: Licensed trainer for over 30 yrs. Have had lots of winners in all different types of races - from bottom claimers to top quality stakes winners. My best money winner was Aristocratic Cross (multiple stakes winner). My best claiming horse was Navajo Family, winner of 12 races in one year. I still enjoy racing a modest stable of horses each year.

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