A horse shaking its head when bit pressure is applied or its tongue trying to escape the bit are classic signs the horse has a sensitive tongue. With this in mind the Happy Tongue Kimblewick was created, it has a medium port creating space for the tongue, relieving pressure, allowing the horse to relax.
As with the Pelham, the action of the Happy Tongue Kimblewick is dependent upon the position of the riders’ hands.
If the hands are lowered prior to pressure being applied to the reins, the rein will slide about an inch and the bit will assume roughly a 45° angle in the mouth. Causing the mouthpiece to act in a downward and backward motion on the lower jaw, this is complemented by a downward pressure on the poll, giving the bit a lowering action.
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