Wait for the Bit
Be patient when you take off your horse’s bridle. As you unbridle him, avoid quickly pulling the bridle forward. Instead, hold the bridle in place until he releases the bit from his mouth.
Why wait? Pulling the bit against your horse’s teeth can grind, irritate, and cause excess pressure on his mouth. Also, any bit pressure should give your horse your intended cue. If you pull, you may teach him not to listen to light pressure on his mouth and make him resistant to the bridling process.
Follow this unbridling procedure: Holding the crownpiece (the piece that sits atop your horse’s poll), gently pull the bridle forward to release your horse’s ears. Hold the bridle in this forward position until he releases the bit. Then gently drop your hand, remove the bridle, and halter him.
When you unbridle your horse, hold the bridle in place until he releases the bit from his mouth.