Thursday, March 24, 2016

What is "hard mouthed"?

A hard mouthed horse is one that doesn't respond well to the rein or bit. The mouth doesn't become literally harder - the horse just learns to tune out the cues (often seen in lesson horses) or has been allowed to get away with ignoring them.


  1. I always think of this as F* You mouth. Our guy was the essence of well trained and responsive until he decided he wasn't. It usually had to do with the proximity of a mare in heat. Yes, he was a gelding (was rechecked surgically by our vet and he was, indeed gelded), but it made no difference to him when love was in the air.

    1. Do you know WHEN he was gelded? It's not uncommon to encounter studdy behavior in an animal that was cut after puberty.