If your horse likes the mobility offered by loose ring bits, but you worry they may pinch the sides of his mouth then look no further. The Bombers Happy Tongue Eggbutt Loose Ring Snaffle offers the best of both worlds.
It prevents pinching of the lips and gives a slightly more solid feel against the side of the face to assist with turning aids. The eggbutt 'cheeks' also prevent the bit being pulled through the mouth, while retaining the advantages of a loose ring.
The loose rings keep the bit mobile in the horse's mouth, encouraging gentle mouthing and discouraging 'fixing' against the contact. They also allow for immediate relief from tongue and bar pressure when rein aids are relaxed, thus rewarding the horse quickly for a correct response.
The Happy Tongue Snaffle is designed with a medium port to create space for the tongue. This relieves tongue pressure and allows the horse to relax.
This bit is often suitable for horses with sensitive or large tongues. Signs of sensitivity include the horse shaking his head when bit pressure is applied, putting the tongue out of the side of the mouth or putting the tongue over the bit.
The blue sweet iron mouthpiece promotes salivation and acceptance of the bit. The material oxidises easily, warming up quickly in the horse's mouth and producing a sweet taste.
Please note that the blue will fade with use.