A Slip of the Tongue...Identifying and Addressing Tongue Issues in Horses

“Charmae, please help! My horse is having issues getting his tongue over the bit/sticking his tongue out and I have tried everything - it is costing me valuable points. What is going on in there!”On a very regular basis I get queries from concerned and frustrated horse owners about a horse with tongue issues. It’s costing them points in the arena or making training difficult. Let me start by…

Winning Tongue Plate 'WTP' Bits now available through Bit Bank!

Not just for racehorses the revolutionary WTP bits are now available through Bit Bank Australia due to popular demand! Highly awarded and recommended by the best in the business including Leading equine behaviouralist Dr Andrew McClean and Olympic champion Megan Jones as well as the racing industry's elite."Yeah, that's great but what is so good about it?" i hear you say, but lets cut the fat…

Bitting Cheat Sheet #4- Pony Bits

There are a few questions that I get asked time and time again, so here' s a series of "cheat sheets" for you to give you a place to start. Please keen in mind, that these suggestions are general, and do not take into account the details of your exact situation. Use them as a guide, read the product descriptions of the bits listed, and consider them as they might apply to your particu…

Double Bridles and the length of the Shanks

Often a rider will remark to us that they want to put their horse into a double for the first time, and that they want to use a 5cm shank.  I usually ask them why they particularly want the smaller, 5cm shank over the standard 7cm shank. The response is that it is "kinder".That's not entirely correct.Here's the reason why- the weymouth bit works on leverage.  The basic principle of this…

Reefing- How to Stop it.

When your horse suddenly and forcefully pull the reins out of your hands when under saddle it's called Reefing.  They can do it by pulling their heads down suddenly, or by flicking their head and neck out forward.  It can be just a little annoying, or a major consistent problem.  I know my pony reefs when it's near the end of our session, and he's retty sure he's had enough.  I…

The "Right" bit for your horse- it's a mind game

Choosing the "right" bit for your horse is more about you and your horse than the actual bit you choose.  The Myler brothers famously said "Bits don't train horses, people do."Changing your bit is simply a part of the solution, and never a quick fix.If your new bit gives you the response that you are looking for, that's great.  Don't rest in your laurels though and assume the problem is…