08-02-2009, 03:28 PM
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This is somewhat off topic, but when I read some of the article I remembered something a judge at a local horse show told me. I had a horse that loved to put his tongue over the bit, but as soon as he did, he freaked out. So I routinely went through classes with an almost out-of-control horse. At the end of one class the judge came up to me and asked what type of bit I was using and I said a snaffle. She then said that because of fact that my horse kept putting his tongue over the bit, I should use a gag bit with a certain piece on it to stop that. I said ok, because she gave some advice and it was the polite thing to do, but as soon as I left the class, I gagged. The thought of a gag bit still makes me want to gag. So I told my RI about what the judge said she said, "Yeah, we're not doing that." and I agreed that nobody was ever going to make me ride in a gag bit.