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Nessa007
Reg. Jun 2019
Posted 2019-06-11 2:52 PM (#7431026)
Subject: Bit and tongue issue


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Hi,

I have a seven year old gelding that I am trying to season and we have two issues:

  1. He has a habit of sucking his tongue back when I apply pressure on the bit. Right now I am riding him in a smooth snaffle with a leather curb strap. He’s very light mouth and responsive. So when I go to pull he has his mouth open and tongue suck back.
  2. He becomes high headed when I apply pressure, due to the tongue issue. So when I do try to slow him down at the end of a run it’s difficult to slow and stop him. The more I pull to slow down the high his head goes due to the bit.

He’s very responsive when riding and light mouth. Whenever I am not applying pressure on the bit, whether it be walking, trotting or lopping, he’s ok. But once I left or just apply a little pressure there goes the tongue. I feel he’s more focused on his bit and tongue than what’s doing.

Could it be the size of the bit?

The type I am using or do suggest?

Tie down or bonnett?

 

FACTS:

Horse age: 7

Horse Height: 16 hh

Horse mouth measurements: 6”

Last Float done back in Sept. of 2018. 

Thank for taking the time to read and respond.



Edited by Nessa007 2019-06-11 3:00 PM
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rpreast
Reg. Nov 2015
Posted 2019-06-11 3:57 PM (#7431037 - in reply to #7431026)
Subject: RE: Bit and tongue issue



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Have you tried a hack? 

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clampitt
Reg. Feb 2006
Posted 2019-06-11 4:08 PM (#7431040 - in reply to #7431026)
Subject: RE: Bit and tongue issue



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Why aggravate the situation. Put a hackamore on. 

Clampitt Hackamores. I make several different lengths and weights customize if needed.  

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Chandler's Mom
Reg. Jan 2015
Posted 2019-06-11 7:27 PM (#7431061 - in reply to #7431040)
Subject: RE: Bit and tongue issue



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Southtxponygirl
Reg. Nov 2006
Posted 2019-06-11 7:35 PM (#7431067 - in reply to #7431026)
Subject: RE: Bit and tongue issue



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Kinda sounds like to me this horse might have a shallow mouth with a low palate, have you tryed a chain mouth on him? Or a dog bone, I would not ride him in a snaffle, its hitting the roof of his mouth when you put pressure on the bit.



Edited by Southtxponygirl 2019-06-11 7:39 PM
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KRJ1791
Reg. Jan 2010
Posted 2019-06-11 7:52 PM (#7431072 - in reply to #7431026)
Subject: RE: Bit and tongue issue


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 I do not want to high jack this,but I am having the same issue with my mare. I do ride in a 3 piece dutton locked snaffle and she tolerates that. So I am definitely following this.

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