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  • Tongue Depressor Bit

    Does anyone know where to find a tongue depressor bit? I have searched online but can't find one anywhere.
    "But always, to her, red and green cabbages were to be jade and Burgundy, crysoprase and porphyry. Life has no weapons against a woman like that." - Edna Ferber, So Big

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    • #3
      I have this bit in my tackroom, is this what your looking for?



      • #4
        Heritage Racing Designs, one of the tack shops at Hastings Park (Vancouver, BC) had them the last time I was in there. They will ship to wherever you are. I don't have the phone number handy, sorry.


        • Original Poster


          Thanks for the suggestions - We're searching for something to help keep the mare's tongue in her mouth...she likes to stick it out when she's annoyed by her rider asking her to bend, frame, not drag her momma around, etc. She's been massaged, chiro-ed, vet-checked...all say she is totally fine and it's not something she is doing because of pain somewhere else. Simply an evasion.
          "But always, to her, red and green cabbages were to be jade and Burgundy, crysoprase and porphyry. Life has no weapons against a woman like that." - Edna Ferber, So Big

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          • #6
            How about a totally separate bridle piece. I've seen this only once, and never thought about it again until about a month and a half ago. A piece of metal, about as thick as a thin snaffle, in a W shape with a ring on each side that lays flush with the horse's cheeks. It's not a tassel/key bit, but a completely different piece that would be put on slightly higher than the bit (but wouldn't pull on the cheeks due to it's shape) It would be put into a bridle with a bradoon hanger and create a sort of tongue groover and make it much harder for a horse to flip it's tongue over the bit (like mine does when he's unsure or super playful).

            If I knew where to find one or what to call it I'd post a link.
            friend of bar.ka


            • #7
              After more searching.


              friend of bar.ka


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                • #9
                  tongue thing

                  you can buy a rubber tongue depressor for 99 cents from big dees racing catalogue

                  it goes on your bit and may help

                  a friend suggested i try one but horse fought hard with it on
                  so i was not successful

                  exercises to strengthen hind end fixed issue with the tongue

                  at racetrack they tie the tongue to the jaw, which may contribute to issues if you have an ottb
                  track trash
                  resources for recycled racehorses


                  • #10
                    With a tongue-tie we know better than to leave it on for extended periods of time though - the minute the race is done, that is the first piece of equipment to come off. A horse with its tongue tied is liable to accidentally bite its tongue and furthermore, it needs its tongue to swallow properly. Just as your tongue rests against the roof of your mouth, so does your horse's, so interfering with that interferes with the horse's breathing and swallowing. A horse's ability to lift its tongue is especially important in collection....which is why a lot of horses love low ported bits that do not affect the palate but allow the horse to lift its tongue to swallow. I think the smarter thing to do would be to work with the mare in such a way that she is relaxed and not fighting (relaxation = training scale basics), than to restrict her tongue, which she needs. Maybe look more at exercises and patterns that naturally work her up the training scale (harmoniously) instead? Collection and 'frame' should be her idea rather than the riders, and should be something that is developed naturally as a result of working her way up the scale. Just my two cents
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