Eggbutt Loose Ring Happy Tongue

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The Eggbutt Loose Ring prevents pinching of the lips and gives a more solid feel against the side of the face. It prevents the bit being pulled through the mouth. The Eggbutt Loose Ring allows quick release.

The Happy Tongue is a solid mouth piece. It is curved and ported to give tongue relief. The Happy Tongue would be a good place to start if your horse is:

  • Shaking its head
  • Sticking its tongue out
  • Sucking its tongue back and as a result making an intermittent coughing noise
  • Trying to put its tongue over the bit
  • Going behind the bit to avoid the contact
  • Snatching the reins forward and down

The rider will know immediately if this is the correct bit, as a horse with a sensitive tongue will finally begin to work into, and accept the contact. Changing the cheekpieces would then allow the rider to adjust the level of control.


Eggbutt Loose Ring Happy Tongue
Breed Mouth Width 1 4
Bit Adjustment 2 Bit Width 3 4
Arab 115 mm (4½") 0 mm + 0 mm  115 mm (4½")
Austrailian Stock Horse 120 mm (4¾")  120 mm (4¾")
American Quarter Horse 120 mm (4¾")  120 mm (4¾")
Thoroughbred (15h-15.3h) 120 mm (4¾")  120 mm (4¾")
Thoroughbred (16h+) 125 mm (5")  125 mm (5")
Warmblood 125 mm (5")  125 mm (5")
Large Warmblood 130 mm (5⅛")  130 mm (5⅛")
Other MMS  MMS + 0 mm
1 The measured width of a horse's mouth (from corner to corner with no wrinkles) rounded up to the nearest 5mm. These are typical values for the breed. MMS = Measured Mouth Size. Click here for more information on measuring your horse's mouth
2 Factors to be added to the measured width of a horse's mouth to ensure the bit width is calculated correctly. This varies depending on the mouthpiece and cheekpiece of the bit. Fixed cheek pieces do not require any additional width to be added to the measured width of the horse's mouth. A fixed mouth piece does not require any additional width to be added to the measured width of the horse's mouth.
3 The width of the bit for a optimal fit, taking into account its components and the width of the horse's mouth. If calculating a bit width based upon a previously purchased Bomber bit, please make sure all relevant adjustments for differences in cheek and mouth pieces are adhered too.
4 Measurements in inches are approximate.

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@Steve: We make our bits in width increments of 5mm, so any size you require.

The happy tongue is our most successful bit. It is very gentle as the curved port reduces tongue pressure. This works well as an introductory bit for young horses and it also solves many problems incurred by horses with sensitive tongues, mouth problems and incorrect bitting. The ported part is thinner than the section over the bars, therefore we will make it either 14/10mm or 16/10mm or 12/8mm. The sweet iron encourages salivation and is ‘warmer’ than the stainless steel mouth pieces of conventional bits. The loose rings are good because the release is quicker and the eggbutt loose ring gives a bit of protection on the sides of the mouth.

Either of these bits will be good for your horse and the thinner ported section will give space for his big tongue. This will be great for schooling and if you find that you need a bit more control when you start competing, we have a range of cheek pieces that will apply some poll pressure.

Should you wish to go ahead, we will need to know the width of your horse’s mouth.

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I am looking at purchasing the loose ring happy tongue and the eggbutt loose ring happy tongue.

Please can you also let me know what sizes these are available in, and more about the action and severity of these bits? I am looking for something fairly gentle that will encourage my horse to relax. He is quite strong but my feeling is that he is bracing and that a gentler bit may help him to let go a little. He does have a thick tongue.