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nldiaz66 09-21-2008 11:59 PM

taking bit under tongue
I don't know if my horse, Koda was trained the wrong way or not trained out all, When I put the bit in his mouth he will play around with it intil its under his tongue, then he seems to be fine. But I know its not the right way. I haven't been riding him intil I get this resolved. I have just been putting the bit in his mouth to get him to take and leave it the right way, over the tongue. Does anyone know what I need to do to correct this problem? it is just a simple training snaffle bit that is broke in the middle with round rings on the end. Thanks

Wild Child 09-22-2008 12:31 AM

Have you just put the bit into his mouth, and waited, just to see if he is putting his tougue over the bit, or if he is just playing around with the bit to get it comfy and get the feel of it again ?

Hope you find out your problem !! :D

Painted Ride 09-22-2008 03:53 AM

when were his teeth floated??? that may be it. the bit may not fit. i know that sounds crazy but it is possible.

Pinto Pony 09-22-2008 04:49 AM

Usually if they can get their tongue over the bit then the bit might be hanging too low in his mouth. Try putting the leathers up a hole to hold the bit up, he should have a crease on either side of his lips. Does that make sense?

Also the length of the bit, does it hang out the side of his mouth?

iridehorses 09-22-2008 06:49 AM

If I remember your pictures correctly, the bit you had for him may be a size too large. I would also suggest trying a French Link snaffle with an arch which will give some tongue relief. Have you had his mouth checked out by a vet yet?

nldiaz66 09-23-2008 08:12 AM

when I put the bit in his mouth he plays around with it until it is under his tongue, than he is fine. He did keep it over his tongue a few times but just for a short period of time, than back under.I am trying to find a dentist to come out, but haven't had no luck yet, I don't have a horse trailer or I would take him in.When the bit is in his mouth there is a crease in the corner of his lips, also the bit is not hanging out the side of his mouth, the round ring are right up againts his mouth, do you understand me?? :) so, I will try a French Link snaffle bit..... and keep looking for a vet to come out.I will try to post pics when I get a chance :D thanks everyone.

iridehorses 09-23-2008 11:47 AM

The bit may still be too large for him. Since the snaffle is a broken mouth, the two joined pieces may be forming a "V" in his mouth, hitting the top of his pallet and also allowing his tongue to get over the bit giving him relief.

Take an 18" piece of string, a stick ~ 1/4' thick, and a magic marker. Tie one end of the string to the stick, run the string through his mouth and snug the stick against his mouth; lastly mark the other end of the string with the marker and measure the span of string that was in his mouth. That way you will know what size he needs.

FGRanch 09-23-2008 01:41 PM

I would say that you are your bridle to big for your horse and the bit is haning too much in your horses mouth.

LizAndCollin101 09-23-2008 07:46 PM


Is Koda a thoroughbred? My horse Collin is a thoroughbred and its a typical habit of thoroughbreds to put there tongue over the bit and also play with there tongue and mouth a lot.!

Usually its because there excited or sometimes its because they havent been trained to actually put there tongue in the correct spot!

What i use is a tongue control bit - it stops the horse from putting his tongue over the bit - but what you must do is make sure when you put the bit in his tongue is under the bit - otherwise it wont work!

I Hope This Helps,

If you have any more trouble please conact me. :)


tomkat 09-23-2008 08:28 PM

Seems like I read that with certain bits they can't do that, is it a curb bit? I was concerned about a runaway horse the reason I remember reading soemthing about that, someone on here should know if so or not.

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