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Help With A Cut Tongue


Question – Part 1 March 2013

Hi I have a 12 year old Tri-Coloured Cob Mare who I have owned for 3 years.  We take part in dressage, riding club activities, BE80/90 and we also enjoy hacking out.  I was shocked and horrified during a routine visit by my dentist where she showed me her very badly cut tongue.

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The bits I had been using at the time were the Vulcanite Pelham for my fast work and the Myler hanging cheek for flat work and dressage.  I was really upset as I had no idea there was a problem in her mouth.  My dentist informed me that the bit that has caused the damage was indeed the Vulcanite Pelham.  I was so taken aback as she had actually been going well in the Pelham.  The problem I was having was with the Myler hanging cheek snaffle was that she was very heavy in it.  I am not a novice rider and I am always conscious of my hands.


Suggestion – March 2013

Before we actually think about introducing the bit again her mouth does need to heal completely.  You may well be able to keep her ticking over in a Hackamore for your ridden work, lunging with a lunge cavesson and possibly a training aid may also be an option.  Our suggestions at the appropriate time would be the Verbindend loose ring for your flat work/dressage and the NS Tranz Angled Lozenge Universal or NS Tranz Angled Elevator for your hacking, cross country etc.  We would suggest that you steer clear of Pelhams and Kimblewicks, as the curb action with these designs will again cause pressure over the old injury on the tongue as when the curb in employed it increases pressure to the tongue and the floor of the mouth.  Don’t forget to keep checking her mouth to ensure that everything is healthy



Question – Part 2 March 2014

Hello again.  Following on from the advice you gave me last March we have been very happy in the Verbindend for dressage, the Tranz Angled Lozenge Universal for hacking and show jumping and the Tranz Angled Lozenge Elevator has been great for cross country.  However my horse is getting stronger and more confident especially during the cross country phase and I do need a bit more help with control that will still be kind as I always have the old injury in mind.  She is quite happy to have her mouth checked now after riding!



Suggestion – March 2014

We are really pleased that you are having success with the NS range of bits and that the tongue injury has not re-appeared.  We would suggest that we stay with the Tranz Angled Lozenge mouthpiece as your horse seems to go well in it, but simply increase the lift and lever action when needed.  The Tranz Angled Lozenge Cheltenham Running Lever would be a very logical move, as we are staying clear of the old injury but increasing the control for you so you don’t have to pull and risk causing any other problems.  Please do let us know how you get on, we would be surprised if this bit does not tick all of the boxes however until you have trialled it we cannot be certain.  We do have other options available.




Mouth Management

Kind Control

The Recommendation Given Is As A Result Of Information Gained From The Completed Bitting Questionnaire And In Some Instances An In-Depth Telephone Conversation.




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