“I had Abby of Pegase Equestrian come out to do a bit consult for a client of mine with a lovely but complicated to bridle mare. We could not possibly be happier with the service and knowledge. Abby took all the time we needed (1.5 hours!) To find exactly the right fit for the horse. The change within my clients mare was remarkable and she improved 110% once we found her goldilocks bit. I will absolutely be having Abby come out again in the very near future to help with another horse and am excited to have the ability to book bitting consultations whenever I need them. I have been using Bombers Bits for years and can't recommend their products highly enough. The struggle has been email consultations and importing. Pegase Equestrian eliminates both these issues. Abby is knowledge, friendly and a pleasure to work with. We couldn't possibly be more pleased.” - Noelle Barrett
“As everyone knows, I am very keen to achieve absolute comfort in the horse’s mouth. I had wished to try the Bomber Bits since leaving the UK but found it hard to source them in Canada until Pegase Equestrian became a stockist.
Many of the horses I work with have fat tongues and shallow palates, making traditional snaffle bits and mullen mouths uncomfortable for them. Nearly 20years ago I attended a bitting clinic at Gleneagles, Scotland with Myler and was instantly converted to their bits. With a one exception, I have ridden every horse in a Myler since. One of the advantages of the Mylers are the independent movement on each side of the mouth. However, some horses do require complete stillness in their mouth. Of course stillness can be achieved by a Mullen Mouth bit but I do find these bits a little too clumsy. One of my student’s horses fell into the category of needing complete stillness in her mouth and so that is why I was keen to try out the Bomber Happy Tongue Drop Cheek/Hanging Snaffle/Baucher, which worked extremely well. The horse in question Gypsy is extremely fussy with her head. Everything about a bridle is an issue, from fit of the noseband to the movement of a bit. She cannot even cope with even Micklem Bridle. Gypsy is a Percheron x Quarter Horse and is slightly long in the back. She tends to throw her head up in the air, push her tongue against the bit and drop heavily on the forehand, and that is just in flat work. Jumping and cross country will come later.
With the Happy Tongue in her mouth, Gypsy instantly lifted her front end. Taking the pressure off her tongue gave her the relief she was looking for. Up until now she had gone best in a Myler Baucher comfort mouth, but in the last few months, and in this hot weather she had become irritated with it. Even with her rider dropping her reins she would shake her head and hollow. The stillness offered by the Hanging Cheek/Drop Cheek/Baucher, means the bit is carried for her and gently lies on the bars. The pressure on the bars only comes when she pulls and she respected that without fuss. We are now working on her starting to reach for the bit more but so far we are really happy with the results. This is a fabulous bit.
I also tried this bit on one of my horses, a Hanoverian mare who tends to throw her head up and suck back when asking for canter transitions. I am assuming this resulted from an earlier life of draw reins or being pulled in to a contact. It is only the canter transitions she has an issue with. Again, I found this bit helped her to lift in her shoulder and be lighter in front. Not that she is every heavy, but she just felt more present. Her transitions did not improve instantly, probably because of memory, but after working her through a few exercises she was much happier to take the contact forward into the canter. Again, great success with this bit.
Jumping and Cross Country:
Now with Gypsy cross country and in show jumping, she is very keen and forward, so the Happy Tongue Baucher is not an option if I wanted to keep my student safe. To date we have tried various options from pelhams, to a slightly ported Myler with hooks. The stronger the bit the more resistance we got, so for the last year my student has been using an eggbutt cheek Waterford. This was working well, but Gypsy has been dropping lots on her forehand the more she eats up the courses so in both XC and show jumping, by the time she was half way around, she was struggling for any form of brakes from both her seat and gently asking through the bit.
It was then that we decided on the Happy Tongue 2.5 gag with cherry rollers. This bit is beautifully made and the cherry rollers are so smooth it must be like having a massage on the bars of her mouth. We went xc with this bit connected to the snaffle ring and it worked extremely well. No resistance, no head shaking and just enough control. How much of this is down to not only the Happy Tongue mouthpiece, but the addition of the cherry rollers I do not know, all I can say is we have a happy horse and rider. If I was buying this bit for Gypsy I would have the Happy Tongue with Cherry Rollers, but I would have the Wilkie cheeks as she does not need the gag.” - Karen Hind from Whiskyinch Sport Horses