BE Dressage legal bit for sensitive mare

I am struggling to find the right snaffle for my mare she's very sensitive and occasionally sticks her tongue out, crosses her jaw or shakes her head. I have tried a selection of bits; myler hanging cheek comfort snaffle, NS verbindend, loose ring snaffle with a lozenge and she has disliked all of them. I have also tried a bomber bit happy tongue which she did not seem to fight however it just slides straight through her mouth even when I've gone 1/4" down in size. She is currently in an NS loose ring turtle top and can also become quite strong when tense.
Thank you

Posted in Dressage, asked by Madeline , 9 months ago. 275 hits.

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Hi Madeline,

Thank you for your question!

Tongue relief is definitely the way to go with your mare, I think we just need to make a few adjustments.

I recommend the Eggbutt Ported Barrel, this is BE legal. We want the bit to have quite a snug fit, with the Eggbutt cheek piece we don't want to see any space between the cheek piece and the lips. A bit strap can also be fitted, this strap hangs below the reins and acts to balance the bit, and prevent it from sliding through the mouth. The strap would only be for training and Jumping, it is not legal for Dressage tests.

The Eggbutt Ported Barrel needs to be at least 10mm smaller than the Loose Ring Turtle Top you are currently using because it sits differently in the mouth.

Regards,
Claire@Bombers

Claire @ Bombers
8 months ago
Hi! We tried the Eggbutt ported barrel for a while and it didn't seem to suit her as well as I thought it would, however, she did not fight it as much as the others we have tried. We have also found she has head shaking syndrome and Xrays revealed she has a slight overbite and narrow jaw. She is also long in the outline and can be on the forehand, though not all the time, but I do believe this will be resolved through more strengthening and training. I was thinking of trying the loose ring ultra comfy lock up next, what do you think? - Madeline 7 months ago

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Hi Madeline,

Thank you for the update! The slight overbite will mean that she has a little less room in her mouth, going down to a 12mm thick mouth piece would be a good idea as it will take up less room in her mouth. With her narrow jaw I suggest rather looking at an Eggbutt cheek piece for her, this can be fitted quite snug which will stop any side to side movement.

I certainly think the Ultra Comfy Lock Up could work for her, it will give her some tongue relief, but it will also sit properly on her bars, even though her bottom jaw is very narrow.

Regards,
Claire@Bombers

Claire @ Bombers
7 months ago
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