Tongue over the bit


I am looking for advice on my pony for a bit that isn't strong, but has breaks when needed;

I would like a bit for;

Flatwork: he gets his tongue over the bit, also whilst doing easier work he tosses his head.
Hacking alone (faster): tongue over the bit, head shaking and tossing.
Hacking Group (faster): tongue over the bit, head shaking, can be hard to stop.
Road work: leans on bit l, tongue over the bit, head shaking
Galloping Alone: tongue over the bit
Galloping group: tongue over the bit, can become harder to stop
Cross country: tongue over the bit, Can become opinionated, stronger and feisty.
Show Jumping: tongue over the bit, needs to wait for the fence and sit on his hocks more, oppinionted and feisty.

He's currently ridden for everything apart from flat work in a Tranz Angled Neue Schule Universal Gag, road work in Tranz Angled Beval, and flat work in Tranz Angled Snaffle

Posted in Eventing, asked by Caitlin, 2 years ago. 380 hits.


Hi Caitlin,

Thank you for your detailed question!!

Your horse is sensitive to tongue pressure, all his resistances are attempts to remove the pressure from his tongue.

I recommend a Ported Barrel mouth piece for him. The Ported Barrel will give tongue relief, while still allowing independent lateral aids.

For the cheek piece, I recommend staying with a Loose Ring for your flat work, and looking at a 2½ Ring for everything else. We don't want to add too much leverage to the mouth piece, he has a fairly sensitive mouth, it is more important to get a mouth piece that he is comfortable with.


Claire @ Bombers
2 years ago
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