What is the web strap for on 3 ring happy tongue can I use noseband

I had the above bit on my previous pony under your recommendation. We have a new pony ( Connemara, he is only 6 yrs . We put him in the happy tongue purely because we have it and he seemed to take to it , he mouthed up lovely and was very responsive. He did however on occasions snatch his mouth forward and down ?
My bit also has the web strap at the back which I'm not entirely sure if it's function? Also I find I am able to put a noseband on with this bit as the web strap sits pretty much in the same place as the noseband?
This pony was in a French link snaffle when we tried him , no issues with trying to get his tongue over the bit , he did however feel very heavy on the bit and leant on it hence why we decided to try the happy tongue we have . He also had a flash noseband in his previous home, not something I'm a fan of . Would you suggest we continue with the happy tongue 3 ring ? Is there anyway of using a noseband ( purely for looks really) or should I try another type of bit ?

Kind regards
Julie kilby

Posted in General, asked by Julie Kilby , 10 months ago. 197 hits.

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Hi Julie,

The web strap on the 3 Ring is there to regulate how quickly the leverage on the mouth piece comes into effect. Without the back strap, the mouth piece will slid on the ring for a while before it catches and the leverage comes in. The poll pressure will come in fairly quickly. The tighter the strap, the faster the pressure will kick in. You could take the back strap off the 3 Ring, this will mean that the leverage on the mouth piece takes much longer to come into effect, and you will be able to use a noseband.

I would prefer to have such a young horse in a plain Loose Ring, without any of the extra pressures that a 3 Ring creates.

I suspect that either the Happy Tongue port could be a little wide for him, or the 3 Ring is just too strong a cheek piece for him. Depending on his mouth size, I suggest trying either a Loose Ring Ported Barrel or a Loose Ring Happy Tongue Narrow. The Ported Barrel would be my first choice, but we are limited to how small we can make this mouth piece at the moment. The smallest we can make is a 5".

Regards,
Claire@Bombers

Claire @ Bombers
10 months ago

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Hi Claire
Thankyou for your reply . I did however forget to mention that he is a new pony and we have been told he can /may get strong SJ and XC , his rider is 13yrs , so not sure if the loose ring portal barrel bit would be ok ?
Many thanks
Julie

Julie Kilby
10 months ago

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Hi Julie,

In order to keep a young horse soft, it's important that we don't bit them up too much too early. Even if he does get strong, I wouldn't go for anything stronger than a 2½ Ring cheek piece. With this cheek piece, you will get leverage on the mouth piece as well as poll pressure, but it is still kept light due to the half ring.

If possible, I would try him in the Loose Ring first.

Regards,
Claire@Bombers

Claire @ Bombers
10 months ago
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