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hello. is it possible to figure out if the horses has soft jaws or not by looking at them, touching their lips and jaws, placing our hand in their mouth?

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Dear Rohit,
I think you are referring to a "soft mouth." A soft mouth has nothing to do with the physical anatomy of the horse but rather the horse's willingness to respond to the rider's hands (rein aids) with a light touch. A horse with a soft mouth answers the rider's rein aids immediately and with the rider only needing to cue the horse lightly with the rein. A horse with a hard mouth lacks this sensitivity and can lock up against the bit. It is somewhat like driving a truck that does not have power steering versus driving a sports car with responsive power steering.
Hope this addresses your question,
S. Evans

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I would be happy to respond to enquiries in the following disciplines: dressage, working western, hunter, halter (open and IAHA), hack and pleasure. I can also offer assistance with schooling and equitation issues.

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