Dressage bit for horse which leans on the bit

My daughter events a 15.2hh mare. We are currently using a verbindend for dressage. Historically we have tried a buster roller, a baucher and a turtle top. The horse is naturally a bit downhill and leans on my daughter, she is also tense during dressage and her natural preference is to go faster, she loves cross country. I understand much of this needs to be addressed by schooling etc but I just wanted to check if you had any advice about anything we could try which may help. Many thanks.

Posted in Eventing, asked by Jetsun Williams, 11 months ago. 616 hits.

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HI Jetsun
If your horse is leaning, the Buster Roller as well as the Verbindend should have lifted her which makes me think the horse is leaning as a sign of resistance. When the horse is being lunged is she still running downhill? What does she do with her head when applying rein pressure in each of these bits? Where are you based?

Please also have a look inside her mouth for any abnormalities such as scar tissue, injuries, fleshy jowls, thick tongue, low palate and try to see how narrow her bottom jaw is? If you pull her tongue out to one side estimate how many fingers would fit in between the jaw. If she is very narrow, we would need to make a bit to suit.

Claire @ Bombers
11 months ago

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We lunge her an equi ami so its a bit difficult to tell. My daughter thinks maybe not quite so downhill, occasionally she will put her head up when lunging. I would also add that at times, although this has improved with schooling, she resists in transitions and then her head goes up. The issues are worse after she has cantered, she gives the feeling of just wanting to go faster. She has regular visits by dentist and we have not been advised of any issues in her mouth. We have been told she quite a big tongue. We will try to assess how narrow her bottom jaw is but I suspect she may not be keen on us trying this. Sorry I'm being a bit vague. We are based in Cardiff, Wales in UK.

Jetsun Williams
11 months ago

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Hi Jetsun

Would it be possible to free lunge her without anything on?
However, she is definitely resisting the pressure of these bits therefore you could go for the Loose ring Happy tongue 14/10, Loose ring Bomber Blue or the Loose ring Ported Barrel B14 and see how she goes with some tongue relief also choosing thinner bits because of the thicker tongue. What size are the bits that you have been using?

Claire @ Bombers
11 months ago
Thank you for responding. My daughter has lunged her this morning without any kit on and says she just carries her head normally she described it as not up or down. The bits are 5.5" , I think the thickness is 12mm. I will sort out some video. Thanks again. - Jetsun Williams 11 months ago

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Hi Jetsun
I Meant to ask if you could video her riding under pressure, just to see what she does with her head.

Claire @ Bombers
11 months ago
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