This handsome boy is Montana, a rescued horse who spent a good deal of his life carrying inexperienced riders around for money. His sway back is evidence of the years he spent doing this. He is also one of two of our senior horses who had their teeth floated today. During the procedure a very sad and infuriating discovery was made.
Montana's tongue has a scar where his tongue had been lacerated many years ago. Our vet believed it was most likely the result of a having been ridden in a "twisted wire" bit. These bits are very uncomfortable when even the lightest pressure is applied to the reins. When used over time, and especially by inexperienced riders, these bits cause lasting damage to the horse's mouth.
We share this because its important to know that the piece of metal in a horse's mouth causes real discomfort if you don't have soft hands as a rider. If you are thinking of renting a horse for a trail ride and you are inexperienced please know that yanking on the reins HURTS - especially if the dude ranch operators are unscrupulous and put new riders on a horse wearing a severe bit. The take away is please take a moment to consider the horse before hopping on if you've never ridden. Maybe skip the trail ride and take a lesson or two first with a reputable instructor before you head out on the trail. The horse who's mouth (and back) you save thanks you. And so do we. ... See MoreSee Less
😢😢 poor baby. Thank goodness he doesn’t have to endure that anymore. 💔
Horses are not supposed to be ridden for our entertainment.It makes me sick and sad.
Those eyes are so soulful!
It's a wonder he even tolerates being around humans!
No horse, anywhere, ever, needs a bit to be ridden. If you can control them on the ground with a halter that’s all you need to ride them in. Period! Ugh. Upsetting.
So thankful for his rescue <3
What an expressive face he has! I’m so glad he’s safe. 💕 what a beautiful boy.
Bits are ridiculous Even if you have soft hands, would YOU want a hard piece of metal In your mouth? Not sure anyone would say yes to that.