Sensitive tongue and bars

Hi, my young warmblood horse dislikes the pressure of jointed bits on her tongue so for the last few months she has been ridden in a happy tongue. However whilst there is some improvement she is still putting her tongue out to the left when contact is taken up
Over the last week or so she has started shaking her head and trying to come up in front when contact is asked for. I am wondering if the pressure on her bars is also too much? At present we are only doing flat work.
Can you advise what bit would be best for a horse availing contact from tongue and bar pressure? Or any advice or suggestions. Thanks Leanne

Posted in General, asked by Leanne Brunt, 2 years ago. 641 hits.


Hi Leanne,

It could be that the Happy Tongue port is a little wide for her mouth, and is not sitting properly on her bars, this will cause a horse to shake their head. If this is the case, we have a couple of choices, we could go to a Happy Tongue Narrow, which has a narrower port, but we would need to have an idea of how narrow her bottom jaw is, if it is very narrow, this will still be too wide for her, and with the narrower port, we also lose some of the tongue relief.

I think that a better option is the Ultra Comfy Lock Up. This bit is double locked so that it retains it's shape in the horse's mouth, and does not create any nut cracker action. It is also angled on the sides, so that it goes up and over the tongue, this greatly reduces tongue pressure, but it also does not place all the pressure on the bars. She will be far more accepting of this pressure.


Claire @ Bombers
2 years ago
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