I bought this bit a few months ago and when I first tried it on my 16.2hh WB/ASH mare she was even heavier and more resistant than on her double jointed snaffle. She was always sliding her tongue up and opening her jaw. I put it aside, and turned her out for a month. Tried her on it again and the improvement in her is fabulous.I have been riding her for the last 10 days in the BLRHT and she is relaxed, and quite light. I think it is worth persisting for more than one or two rides when trying out a new bit.
The Loose Ring allows for immediate release and relief from tongue and bar pressure. The bit is immediately reset to a neutral position in the horse's mouth.
The Happy Tongue is a solid mouth piece. It is curved and ported to give tongue relief. The Happy Tongue would be a good place to start if your horse is:
- Shaking its head
- Sticking its tongue out
- Sucking its tongue back and as a result making an intermittent coughing noise
- Trying to put its tongue over the bit
- Going behind the bit to avoid the contact
- Snatching the reins forward and down
The rider will know immediately if this is the correct bit, as a horse with a sensitive tongue will finally begin to work into, and accept the contact.
From the first ride in the bomber happy tongue my mare completely stopped Shaking her head when given a loose rein Sticking her tongue out Sucking her tongue back Trying to put her tongue over the bit Amazing!