Sensitive and eager horse

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I have a big warmblood with a tendency to run on two occasions. If he gets insecure or if gets really eager towards a fence. He is sensitive and i have come to the conclusion that the tongue is the issue. He is a very strong horse, but I really want to ride him without to much force when he tries to take the bit and run.

Usually he just pulls the reins and accelerate if the bit is wrong. Or he takes his head up and bobs until I loosen the reins completely.

Posted in Showjumping & Hunter, asked by Annika Christiansen , 2 weeks ago. 27 hits.

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Hi Annika,

It sounds as though tongue relief is what we need to look at for him. While we are always trying to go to a softer and softer bit, we don't want riders to have to resort to using force, a slightly stronger bit is sometimes needed so that the rider only has to use their fingers, and not their whole arm.

I recommend a Williams Ported Barrel for your horse. The Ported Barrel will give good tongue relief, but it will also allow more of a feel due to it being hinged by the barrel. The Williams will add some poll pressure and leverage on the mouth piece, the Williams is very quick to release pressure when the rider gives.

I think this will help you to get the flow back into your courses.

Regards,
Claire@Bombers

Claire @ Bombers
2 weeks ago

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Hi Annika,

Would it be possible for you to send me photos of the bits that you have tried? Knowing what you have tried, will tell us what pressure your horse is resisting against.

Regards,
Claire@Bombers

Claire @ Bombers
2 weeks ago

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I've tried using pretty standard options for the past few months.
Even with a normal snaffle he gets irritated. I'm guessing it's pinching him. So I tried a loose ring mullen (rubber). That was actually better for a while.
I've been jumping with a Weymouth for a long time with tongue freedom. But after he was injured in November last year, I haven't been able to get a good flow with this option. And he seems bothered. I've tried 3 ring snaffle (with Pelham straps), Pelham (as snaffle and normal), kimblewick snaffle. I jumped with the kimblewick snaffle yesterday. And he didn't seem annoyed by the bit. But he was very very strong. And I prefer not having to yank the reins :(

Let me know if you still need pictures, and I will do it when I get home :)

Annika Christiansen
2 weeks ago
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