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post #1 of 13 Old 05-06-2009, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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Question Tongue over the bit ???

What causes a horse to get his tongue over the bit?? Is the bridle not fitting right ?? My horse got his tongue over the bit the other day while we were riding in the first it looked like he was 'playing with his tongue' then he started tossing his head a little; when I checked it out, sure enough, he had his tongue over the bit. Never had that happen before.
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post #2 of 13 Old 05-06-2009, 09:08 PM
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My boy puts his tongue over his bit on purpose all the time. He loves to play with his bit and will get his tongue over the bit and then stick it out the side or front and wriggle it at people, LOL, he's quite the entertainer! Not sure if it's the same thing as what your boy is doing though as mine always puts it back under when he's done goofing around.
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I had a hrose who used to do this regularly. He would get his tongue under the bit then run though the bit, tossing his head. It would end up with his mouth cut up :[ In his case it was nerves, he had been abused in the past.

A few things I tried were:

A thick rubber mullen mouth snaffle, along with a flash noseband. Prevented it, but he chewed through the rubber on the bit, lol.

A ported kimberwick. Helped, but had to have the bit very high in his mouth. Also the bit was a bit strong for him.

A rubber 'tongue layer' attachement.

It attatches to any mullen mouth snaffle and lays up the tongue. Worked, but he again chewed through the rubber so had to keep replacing it.

Bit with a tongue layer built in.

Didn't try this one, as they are super expensive, but I think it would work.

Getting the tongue over the bit is a bad habit, as it can cut the underside of the tongue and cause many problems. Itmay be that the bit is sitting too low in your horses mouth. does he have wrinkles either side of his lips when the bit is in? If not, tighten it up.

Check his teeth, as well.

The only reason I resorted to the methods above is because my horses issue was mental, not physical. It wasn't fixable and was causing him pain, so it needed to be prevented.

Good luck!

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post #4 of 13 Old 05-07-2009, 12:18 AM
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The bridle can be loose, it can be a bad habit, or it can happen by accident. What I have always used for horses that do it by habit is a low port bit or a mullen wrapped with latex wrap at the middle. I've never had to use any of the strange or extreme bits.
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Just wanted to say, while the bit/bits I posted may be strange, lol, they aren't extreme.

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post #6 of 13 Old 05-07-2009, 12:59 AM
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My horse does it with a low port curb, lol! He only does it when he is extremely tired or bored so for me it's more funny than anything else
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Just be careful he doesn't cut under his tongue :]

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post #8 of 13 Old 05-07-2009, 02:17 AM
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My horse did it for a while. Untill i got him a new bit with a tongue layer built in it. Which stopped him. But they're rather expensive but worth it too get him out the bad habit.
Good luck x
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post #9 of 13 Old 05-07-2009, 04:06 AM
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I used to have a belgian mule that would do that. He just didn't like for the bit to be on top of his tongue so after he was harnessed up, he would sling his head until he got the bit under his tongue. After that, he would work just fine. If the issue is not causing a problem, I would leave it alone. Just make sure that you are not using a bit that could injure his mouth when he carries it like that.
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post #10 of 13 Old 05-07-2009, 07:09 AM
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I had a student who's horse started that out of the blue. When I went to watch her work him, she had gotten incredibly heavy handed. When she lightened up on his mouth, he quit. Before you change a bit, check yourself first. If you're light, then try something else.

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