Horse constantly mouthing

I have a 6yr old Irish draught mare currently in a happy tongue loose ring. My problem is she constantly mouths the bit. Opening & closing her mouth as a young foal would do to another horse. If I use a flash or drop nosebands she violently puts her head up to evade. I've tried her in French link, hanging cheek, straight bar happy mouth & single jointed bits. She was worst in the happy mouth, putting her head up & having no control whatsoever. She also shakes her head in the other bits. I've found her the most settled in the happy tongue but she's still constantly mouthing & is also very dry mouthed. I would prefer to keep her in something that is British dressage legal.
Thanks in advance for any information

Posted in General, asked by lisa white, one year 1. 437 hits.


Hi Lisa,

The constant mouthing is often a sign that the horse doesn't like the taste of metal, in which case the Bomber Blue would be a better choice for your mare because it is made from a nylon composite. This material is very well accepted by horses that don't like metal.

As of this year, the Bomber Blue is now FEI Dressage legal, I am sure the BD will follow the same rules as the FEI.

In the Bomber Blue she should start to salivate and have a more moist mouth, because she will be more accepting of the bit.


Claire @ Bombers
one year 1
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