Rubbed Mouth

Hi there,

I'm looking for some advice for the dressage phase of eventing for my 8yr old gelding.

He's a sensitive boy but forward going, he's in the early stages of learning how to carry himself forward into the contact but it is not helped when the inside of his mouth is very soft and getting rubbed. Unfortunately any lotion or potion doesn't work as it's the inside of the corners of his mouth that is rubbed. I am very soft with my hands and if anything giving too much rein away as I'm wary he's getting rubbed.

He prefers a loose ring snaffle but this moves too freely in his mouth making the rubbing worse. I have tried a double jointed loose ring, straight bar happy mouth loose ring and double jointed happy mouth loose ring.

I have also tried a Neue Schule full cheek snaffle which helps to stop the rubbing as it is more fixed but he then begins to switch off with the fixed cheek. I was hoping to try the Bomber loose ring fulmer - I have seen a single joint and a double jointed with a ball in the middle (not sure of the official name for the 2nd one) what would you recommend trying or is there any other types that might suit him better?

I was hoping to attach the pic of the double jointed fulmer but nothing happened when I clicked the 'attach files' button.

Do the bomber bits come up true to size? He is a 5.5

Many thanks,


Posted in Eventing, asked by Rachael Aiton , 9 months ago. 282 hits.


Hi Rachael,

The size stamped on the bit is the actual size of the bit. Different mouth pieces and cheek piece however will fit differently in the mouth. A loose ring type cheek piece will fit differently to a fixed ring cheek piece. Loose and fixed are determined by whether the horses lip can reach the hole the ring goes through. A Fulmer Loose Ring would fall into the fixed cheek piece category because the cheek piece is able to sit flush with the lips.

A single and double jointed mouth piece will fit the same, unless either is locked and therefore has the movement limited. These will need to be smaller. A solid mouth piece will need to be even smaller to fit correctly.

Did he show any other resistances to the mouth pieces that you have tried, other than the rubbing? Rubbing can be caused if the bit is too large or too small, but sometimes it comes from the horse resisting the bit strongly. The resistances he is showing well tell me what pressure he is resisting against.

We don't often recommend the single joint because it creates a large amount of pressure on the sides of the bars, we find that many horses react against this. I have found however that a horse that is sensitive to tongue pressure will often go slightly better in a single joint than in a double joint, simply because the single joint creates less concentrate pressure on the tongue.


Claire @ Bombers
9 months ago
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