Kimblewick Happy Tongue
Cheek Pieces: As with the Pelham, the action of the Kimblewick is dependent upon the position of the rider's hands. The rein slides on the Dee shaped bit ring. If the hands are lowered prior to pressure being applied to the reins, the rein will slide about an inch and the bit will assume roughly a 45° angle in the mouth. The mouthpiece acts in a downward and backward motion on the lower jaw which is complemented by a downward pressure on the poll, giving the bit a lowering action. This bit is supplied with nylon back strap.
Mouth Pieces: 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 out its tongue
- Sucking its tongue back and 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. Changing the cheek pieces would then allow the rider to adjust the level of control.
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