Stockman Short Shank Happy Tongue

Stockman Short Shank Happy Tongue

191.62

The Stockman Short Shank is a leverage bit, meaning that it multiplies the pressure applied by the rider.

The shorter the shank, the more force is needed on the reins to provide a given amount of pressure on the mouth. The shorter shank bits only need to rotate a short distance before applying pressure on the horse's mouth than longer shanked bits. Therefore, the horse has less warning in a short shanked bit.

The Happy Tongue is a solid mouth piece. It is curved and ported to give tongue relief. 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.

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