Originally Posted by Regula
and the tongue thing is pretty irritating.
This. I have a good friend who has a really nice dressage horse who happens to loll his tongue out while he's being ridden. He doesn't look tense when he's doing it, and he does it no matter what bit he's being ridden in (and will even do it bitless, though of course, bitless isn't dressage legal anyway) She's stopped taking him to shows because of it- judges kept marking her down, and she even had one judge tell her that she wouldn't give him higher than a 6 on any movement where his tongue was out no matter how well he performed it.