Good bits for strong pony with fat tongue!

(16 Posts)
Yeehaw Wed 26-Mar-14 09:57:10

Don't suppose anyone has any experience with this? He is lovely but can get over excited and dd wants a stronger bit on him. He goes nicely in a thin cambridge snaffle (thin, with a port, no joints) but there aren't any brakes. We tried him in a waterford which was too thick for him. He did go well in a universal with a lozenge but he's started snatching and coughing with it.

Mirage Wed 26-Mar-14 11:37:00

Lurking because we have a similar problem,but ours likes to get his tongue over the bit.Our instructor has suggested a pelham,but my head is spinning just looking at all the different sorts.

Yeehaw Wed 26-Mar-14 11:40:05

I think a grackle will help with the tongue issue, I've just bought one on ebay. Think I am just going to stick him in the gag waterford for xc on sunday even though he doesn't like it, at least she has brakes!

The bombers happy tongue bits sound perfect but they are £££££££££££

I might try a thinner waterford, NS do a 14mm one but again ££££££

Pixel Wed 26-Mar-14 17:47:13

Dhorse has a pelham. He goes well in it and seems happy but he can still get his tongue over if he wants to! (usually if he's a bit bored).
It hasn't got a port though which could possibly help stop his little games.

Im watching with interest.... Dhorse doesn't have brakes atm. Stopping purely using my seat isn't particulary instant. Spring fever is not helping the situation!

5OBalesofHay Wed 26-Mar-14 20:57:16

How about rugby pelham? Much like a snaffle, buto curb rein there if you need it.

FoxyHarlow123 Wed 26-Mar-14 21:51:05

Wilkie snaffle. Much loved by the showing crowd for little jockies on feisty ponies!

Yeehaw Wed 26-Mar-14 22:01:23

Wilkie not strong enough. He sets his neck. Pelham not ideal as he tucks in anyway

Pixel Wed 26-Mar-14 22:28:58

My old pony was very strong and used to set his neck. After some trial and error we ended up with a Dr Bristol for him which seemed to do the trick.

5OBalesofHay Wed 26-Mar-14 22:48:10

How old is he?

RayPurchase Wed 26-Mar-14 22:50:35

Hackamore?

Yeehaw Wed 26-Mar-14 23:00:01

He's 10.

Kormachameleon Wed 26-Mar-14 23:14:10

Bitless, try a hackamore but ensure rider is capable with light hands

5OBalesofHay Wed 26-Mar-14 23:20:51

Difficult. Maybe back to long and low, getting a relaxed neck again? Avoid the lively stuff for a bit and go from there? Is your dd very experienced and ok with it, or younger and losing confidence?

At the end of the day a naughty horse will be naughty whatever bit you use, and you can't go up endlessly, does she have a good instructor who could help?

Yeehaw Thu 27-Mar-14 06:34:33

I agree about not going up endlessly and in fact when we bought him he was in a gag for everything. Dd is a good rider but worries xc although she has hunted him which was interesting grin he's delightful on hacks and in the arena and in fact almost certainly will be fine xc it's more dds confidence I am worried about.

1muddymummy Fri 28-Mar-14 07:38:59

I would try a pee wee. we've had lots of success with warmbloods that have big fat tongues in this bit. Its got a few different options for strength but I think its a middle ground between a snaffle and a pelham

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