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QUESTION: hello ma'am, is this horse with track number 396, putting its tongue over the bit? if not, then what is it doing with its tongue?

ANSWER: Hello Rohit,

I cannot be sure by the picture. He either has his tongue over the bit, or has his mouth open to try to relieve the pressure and pain that the bit is causing him.

This is another example of the pain that bits can cause. Horses put their tongues over the bit to try to escape pain. The bit pressing in his tongue hurts, so in an effort to stop the pain the horse, by putting his tongue over the bit, just causes the bit to rest painfully in the bars of his mouth.

I have heard people complain about their horses putting their tongue over the bit or opening their mouths. They refer to the horse as if he is being bad, mean, or to get out of work. They put tight nosebands on them, drop or flash nosebands fastened very tightly, or even use a noseband with the title of a "crank" noseband to force the horse to keep his mouth shut.

Mitzi

  

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QUESTION: so ma'am, how to correct this problem in horses? would you like to put on Australian noseband or the horse should hold rubber mouthpiece bit?

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Unfortunately horses still have to race in bits because of the rules.

They could check the horse's teeth to be sure they are all right. Then try other types of bits....maybe a lozenge mouthpiece French Link snaffle would be better for this horse.
A rubber mouth piece might help, although often these become dry and damage the soft tissues of the mouth.

Since a bit has to be used, I would experiement with different types and also give the horse time without a bit so that his mouth can rest and heal.

Mitzi  

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Questions on riding problems, training questions, all levels and all disciplines. Questions on showing and judging. Questions on how to teach, how to teach people to teach and train. Questions on training methods and methodology. The history of horsemanship. Questions on dressage, jumping,western, (all levels)riding techniques, driving. Centered Riding, Certified Horsemanship Association, the Bitless Bridle.

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Teaching all my life. Specializing in "teaching People to Train Their Own Horses", using non-abusive methods. I have certified over 175 instructors. I am a Level IV Centered Riding Clinician, a Master Instructor and Clinician with the C.H.A., and a A.J.A. Judge, certifying n the top third in English and Western. I have apprecticed with Sally Swift, Charles(Chuck) Grant, and Richard Shrake. I am a Bitless Bridle Instructor and have presented at Equine Expos and also assisted Dr. Cook, Sally Swift, etc. Hunt Seat 4-H Chairperson for NY (three years)

Organizations
Centered Riding Certified Horsemanship Association Northern Tier Dressage and Combined Training Sierra Club American Humane Society NY Horse Council NY 4-H Volunteer

Publications
PEGASUS PRESS WESTERN HORSEMAN Wrote for BRIDLE WISE for two years EQUINE JOURNAL N.Y. HORSE THOROUGHBRED REVIEW HORSE BITS MANE STREAM

Education/Credentials
Degree in English Literature and Journalism Studied at the Northern Equitation Centre in Ormskirk, England Level IV Centered Riding Instuctor Master Instructor and Clinician, Certified Horsemanship Association Bitless Bridle Instructor Level I Reiki

Awards and Honors
Several Citations through Volunteer 4-H work 5 Year End Awards from Alabama ToastMasters

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