Problem and conflict solving
In the absence of dental or other health issues, grinding the teeth has to be seen as a conflict behaviour. Teeth grinding is one of the behaviours that results from going forward into too strong a contact. It is more often displayed by dressage, event and racehorses, and this is because there is greater necessity for contact compared with say western sports. The problem is the contact is too high – way too much pressure – and combined with concurrent ‘go’ signals from the rider’s legs, the horse is trapped.