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post #1 of 22 Old 02-03-2013, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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Question High-level jumper's tongues flopping out of their mouths??

I was watching some top-level show jumpers in a video, and a couple of them had their tongues flopping in the breeze while they were jumping. Most of the horses didn't though, so I was wondering what causes this? Is it the bit or what? It looks pretty strange.

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post #2 of 22 Old 02-04-2013, 12:55 PM
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I was watching some top-level show jumpers in a video, and a couple of them had their tongues flopping in the breeze while they were jumping. Most of the horses didn't though, so I was wondering what causes this? Is it the bit or what? It looks pretty strange.
The horse probably managed to put his tongue over the bit. Some do that.
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It's just a habit... my friends jumper used to do it.

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We have a mare at the lesson barn that sticks her tongue out the side of her mouth. Just what she does.

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Sometimes its the horse throwing the tongue over the bit, however on high level jumping and also dressage there have been sightings of blue tongues hanging out of the mouth, as the rider has applied way too much pressure on the horses mouth.. the blood doesnt circulate, the tongue goes numb and hangs out of the corner of the mouth.
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I have a friend whose horse does this. It's sort of a habit/evasion of the bit.

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Sometimes its the horse throwing the tongue over the bit, however on high level jumping and also dressage there have been sightings of blue tongues hanging out of the mouth, as the rider has applied way too much pressure on the horses mouth.. the blood doesnt circulate, the tongue goes numb and hangs out of the corner of the mouth.
The "infamous" blue tongue video is of a horse that got its tongue stuck BETWEEN the two bits....not because of the rider applying so much pressure. While this does happen, it is very rare. The problem came when the rider did not notice this problem and quickly fix it.

People using that video to disgrace dressage really irritate me. Tongues can get between bits, but again, it is very rare.
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Allison, though I'd imagine it does happen time to time, law of statistics etc.. I've only heard of the "blue tongue" episode once, as a single isolated incident. Have you (or anyone else) heard of it happening and being documented elsewhere besides the one infamous incident?
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I had a horse do it ONCE. I noticed it immediately (who wouldn't, for Pete's sake) and fixed it. The horse's tongue didn't have time to be blue or numb.

People show that video and say it happened because of Rollkur, which is totally incorrect. The only bad thing is that the rider, SOMEHOW, missed it. How, I have no idea.
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I have never seen it, ever!

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