Bit for sensitive sometimes strong mare for eventing

I have a 5yo warmblood mare, who seems to be very sensitive in her mouth, as soon as I take up a bit more contact thAn she's happy with she will shake her head around and run a little. On the other hand she sometimes comes back behind the vertical and is quite soft in your hand.
She is an event horse so needs a bit suitable for dressage and then possibly another for jumping as she can get very keen when jumping
Any suggestions on what to try?
Thanks

Posted in Eventing, asked by Helen, 11 months ago. 515 hits.

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Hi Helen,

Please would you describe the bit you are using at the moment. From that I will know where your current bit is placing pressure in the mouth, and we can decide where to move that pressure to, to make your mare more comfortable.

Regards,
Claire@Bombers

Claire @ Bombers
11 months ago

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Hi
I'm currently jumping her in a waterford with cheeks. I have tried ns verbindend, turtle top and single joint. I started with a bathe snaffle which she hated. I've also tried a hanging cheek single joint.

Helen
11 months ago

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Hi Helen,

Your mare is showing signs of not being comfortable with pressure on her tongue.

For Dressage I recommend an Eggbutt Ported Barrel. The Ported Barrel will take the pressure off her tongue, which will allow her to go into the contact without trying to pull the reins out of your hands.

I would try the Eggbutt Ported Barrel in both Dressage and Jumping and see how she goes. If you feel you need a little more cross country then we can look at a 2½ Ring or Williams for her, to add some poll pressure and leverage to the mouth piece. The most important is to have the correct mouth piece first.

Regards,
Claire@Bombers

Claire @ Bombers
11 months ago
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