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    03-17-2008, 01:55 PM
Green Broke
Tongue over bit

Every time I ride my Arab as soon as I get on she puts her tongue over the bit. I work her in a tomb thumb currently. How can I fix this?
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    03-17-2008, 02:17 PM
Does your bit fit correctly?
You should see 2 winkles on both sides of the mouth

Is your noseband tight enough?
Too loose of a noseband gives the horse the freedom to put their tongue over the bit. It should be tight enough that you see no air in between the noseband and their nose.

If both of those are correctly fitting...I would recommend trying a different bit..maybe a little softer if able or try to find a flash noseband.
    03-17-2008, 04:59 PM
Green Broke
The bit fits perfectly. I don't have a nose band. Im riding her western, you don't use tom thumbs in english :roll:

I was thinking about using a flash. But once I take it off for show her mouth will open.
    03-17-2008, 05:23 PM
Hmmm....this is a difficult one. My only suggestion would be to use a different type of bit, but I have no idea what type.

Do you plan on showing? If not, then get a noseband and work with the horse until you can get it where the tongue is where it's supposed to be with no fights, then try taking it off.

Guess I"m not too helpful
    03-17-2008, 10:52 PM
Either she is trying to avoid the tongue pressure, or just being silly. Make sure it over her tongue, have someone hold it if you have to and tighten the curb strap so the bit is very snug in place.

If that doesn't work try a solid mouth piece w/ a low port.
    03-18-2008, 02:19 AM
If the bridle is tight enough (eg; well fitted) how could she possibly get her tongue over the bit?
    03-18-2008, 09:18 AM
Green Broke
Really I don't know. Ever since I have gotten her she puts her tongue over the bit. I was thinking maybe getting a bit that just has a straight bar. I have a crub strap on it and everything. I just don't understand it. It fits perfectly, its tight enough, yet she still gets her tongue over the bit.
    03-18-2008, 09:57 AM
^^^ that's weird. Im assuming she definitely has her tongue under the bit when you put it on?
    03-18-2008, 10:04 AM
Green Broke
Ohyes. I make sure of it, but I see her trying to put her tongue over the bit. I don't understand why.
    03-18-2008, 10:13 AM
Hmmmm well I dunno. It seems a change of bit wouldnt help really. If she can get her tongue over a well fitted bridle so consistently I doubt a new bit would make any difference. But I could be wrong there. Sorry I can't be of more help to you

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