Many of you know that I have an issue with my poor Cinny dear grinding his teeth during shows. It is something we are working on, and it IS getting better but still is enough of an issue that judges mark us down significantly for it.
Cinny has recently sustained a pretty bad injury and won't be showing for the rest of the year, and I have been graciously invited to use my trainer/BO's "baby."
I rode him yesterday and things went pretty ok. He is very different from Cinny. But... as an OTTB HE also has a somewhat annoying habit. He dangles his tongue out of his mouth and lets it limply flop while you ride. UGH!.
So, which do judges perceive as the worse of the two habits... occasional teeth grinding or constant tongue dangling? Just wondering and trying to learn.
I also researched this horse's recent scores (he has been showing Intro and Training levels too) and um... he consistently gets about 10 points lower than Cinny so I think the answer is that tongue dangling is worse...but wanted to see what you guys think.