Loose Ring Happy Tongue

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The Loose Ring allows for immediate release and relief from tongue and bar pressure. The bit is immediately reset to a neutral position in the horse's mouth.

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.


Loose Ring Happy Tongue
Breed Mouth Width 1 4
Bit Adjustment 2 Bit Width 3 4
Arab 115 mm (4½") 5 mm + 0 mm  120 mm (4¾")
Austrailian Stock Horse 120 mm (4¾")  125 mm (5")
American Quarter Horse 120 mm (4¾")  125 mm (5")
Thoroughbred (15h-15.3h) 120 mm (4¾")  125 mm (5")
Thoroughbred (16h+) 125 mm (5")  130 mm (5⅛")
Warmblood 125 mm (5")  130 mm (5⅛")
Large Warmblood 130 mm (5⅛")  135 mm (5¼")
Other MMS  MMS + 5 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. For this bit add 5 mm for a loose ring cheek piece, to allow for space between the ring and the horse's lip, eliminating a possible pressure point and pinching. 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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@Claire: We would recommend the Eggbutt Loose Ring Happy Tongue which removes tongue pressure, the eggbutt protects the sides of the mouth while the loose ring maintains the quick release of pressure when the reins are released.

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I am looking for a bit for my mare. She is very big and very strong. She loves to put her head up and hollow her back. I tried one of your gags and she really loved it and accepted it, but after a while she doesn’t like it anymore, I think it got too strong for her.

She loves to throw her head up and if we use draw reins or standing martingale so she can’t throw her head up she then shakes her head violently from side to side instead. She has a very soft mouth when she is not resisting the bit, when she is bolting or fighting the bit her mouth is dead hard and she is very hard with her mouth on my hands if that makes sense.

When I got the chiro out, and subsequently the physio, they said she had a VERY stiff jaw. I was thinking of maybe the bit above, perhaps she hates the bit so much due to the tongue pressure, or if you could suggest another bit that would help her accept the bit and relax her jaw … I just want to find something she is happy in but still gives me a level of control. She also sometimes grabs the bit and bolts.

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im looking for a bit for my 3 year old , who shakes his head when bring ridden not all the time ,its as if a fly his on him . i ride him in a loose ring french link snaffle. he has a very soft mouth. ive had teeth/back/saddle checked all ok . so i was thinking maybe this bit above might help. when his older i will be doing dressage show with him is this bit going to be ok?

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@Vicky: This bit for a horse with a sensitive tongue would definitely help. The only thing is that it isn't dressage legal. This is not to say that you can't use it now and then switch to the softest dressage legal bit at a later stage.