Extremely sensitive mare

Hello! I have a thoroughbred mare who has a very sensitive mouth in general but her tongue seems to be the most sensitive. I currently ride her in a Mullen mouth which she seems to like but I don’t like her response to half halts. She will sometimes lift her head up and hollow her back and will also tilt her head to the side while constantly chewing and opening her mouth. She will also dip her head too low. I don’t use any kind of restrictive nose and on her...I don’t agree with them. I have done quite a bit of research on your products and I’m wondering if the DC Morgan Dressage Happy Tongue Swivel would help her. I’ve also ridden her in a Myler low port snaffle which she is “ok” in but still not happy. She can actually feel heavy in both bits that I’ve tried, at times bracing against me and other times flipping her head up. Please let me know what you think! Also, how should I measure for the dressage happy tongue swivel bit? Thank you!

Posted in General, asked by Gloria Oleynek, 5 months ago. 154 hits.


Hi Gloria,

Lifting and hollowing can be a sign that there is too much tongue pressure, the horse is lifting their head to try and escape the pressure. Tilting can be a sign that the horse is experiencing too much pressure on one bar.

The DC Dressage Happy Tongue Swivel removes as much of the tongue pressure as it possible. Due to the mouth piece and cheek pieces working independently, the rotation of the mouth piece when the contact is taken up, is eliminated. This also helps to keep the pressure on the bars softer. The DC Dressage Happy Tongue Swivel would be a good choice for her.

The DC Dressage Happy Tongue Swivel needs to be the same size as the horse's mouth measurement. To obtain a mouth measurement, take a dowel rod, and if you have them, a pair of Martingale stoppers. Pop the dowel rod into her mouth, and push the stoppers till then are flush with her lips on both sides, then measure between the stoppers, this will give you her mouth measurement.


Claire @ Bombers
2 weeks ago
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