Bombers 2.5 Ring Happy Tongue
The 2.5 Ring cheek piece introduces poll pressure as well creating leverage on the mouthpiece, the 2½ Ring version is the softest version of ring bit as the ½ ring softens the leverage on the mouthpiece and poll.
The Happy Tongue would be a good place to start if your horse is:
Shaking its head
Sticking its tongue out
Sucking its tongue back and as a result 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 cheekpieces would then allow the rider to adjust the level of control.
This bit comes with a back strap. Whenusing the back strap this should be introduced loosely and then tightened one hole at a time. The strap tightened will increases the leverage and the reaction will be quicker (therefore sharper) on the horse’s mouth/poll