Join Date: May 2012
Location: CT USA an English transplant
The Figure 8 (Grackle as its also known in the UK because it was originally worn in the 30's by a racehorse of that name) is more used on horses that 'cross their jaw' in an effort to run away with you - they can evade the bit when they do it. I don't think its anywhere near as effective in holding the mouth shut (which is what you want to do re. the tongue poking) as flash strap is.
Just winging it is not a plan