Bits > WTP (Winning Tounge Plate) WTP (Winning Tongue Plate) Polo Gag Bit with Extended Plate & 67mm Rings Price $134.95 Stock status: Out of Stock Stock status: In Stock Product Code: JA3385 Qty: Description Sizing Information Reviews WTP (Winning Tongue Plate) Polo Gag Bit with Normal Plate Winning Tongue Plate Polo Gag Bit with Extended Plate corrects breathing problems, and stops displacement of the soft palate. The bit arms have limited travel to prevent outer ring pressure, and pain to the cheek and lips. Used to have a soft and responsive contact with leverage. Material: Stainless Steel For More INFO select sizing tab WTP Bit How it works A humans tongue is attached to the bottom of the mouth the same as a horse. Put a finger across the crease of your mouth you can raise your tongue over it. If you put two fingers in the roof of your mouth you can still roll your tongue back. Then put two fingers on top of your tongue you can’t roll your tongue up neither can the horse with the Tongue plate bit. This simply overcomes the many problems encountered by the horse. The Winning Tongue Plate lays gently across the tongue and under the bit joint preventing the bit from pinching the tongue “no more pain”. The Tongue Plate prevents the horse getting the tongue over the bit and also stops them from pulling hard. Did you know Horses muscles demand an extraordinary amount of oxygen. Horses have to inhale and exhale an incredible rate of 10 gallons/37 litres of oxygen per second. Even a small obstruction of air flow can have disastrous results. Anything that causes the tip of the tongue to move, such as the bit pinching, is likely to cause the root to move and, therefore, the soft palate. Vet research shows 40% of horses displace the soft palate Displacement of the soft palate is a major problem and up to 40% of horses encounter this which causes upper airway obstruction and poor performance. The results from veterinary testing of horses during ridden exercise using the latest wireless endoscope technology confirmed this as 13 horses in one stable were found to be displacing the soft palate. WTP Bit Stops displacement of the soft palate Trainers and riders have stated that the winning tongue plate stops displacement of the soft palate as it encourages the horse to keep their tongue in a forward and natural position. View their impressive trial reports on our web site and try a Winning Tongue Plate bit. Tongue ties don’t stop soft palate displacement Veterinary expert opinions state the tongue-tie has been shown to be ineffective in preventing displacement of the soft palate (Equine Vet J Suppl. 2002 Sep;(34):430-3). Prevention could save you Millions of dollars Million dollar races have been lost due to the problems mentioned. Don’t risk it take the preventative measure and use the Winning Tongue Plate Bit. Trainers and riders have stated it has improved some horses performance by 10 lengths. Keep your horse happy and content ensure that a proper tongue position is achieved from the beginning. WTP Bit can help prevent bleeding in horses: Many horses suffer from bleeding in the lungs under the stress of running especially thoroughbreds and harness horses. The technical name for "bleeding" is exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhage (EIPH). This describes a condition in which the tiny blood vessels in a horse's lungs rupture due to stress sustained during physical exertion. Lack of oxygen can contribute to horses bleeding due to a horse getting his tongue over the bit, rolling the tongue back or from displacing the soft palate. The winning tongue plate bit has proven to prevent and eliminate these problems. Nearly all horses show at least some bleeding deep within the lungs. It is estimated that two to three percent of thoroughbreds bleed severely. Horses that show early speed or pull hard are more likely to bleed than horses that get back in the field and relax. Horses are more prone to bleed on hot, humid days, probably because breathing is more difficult on such days. Read Trainer Steve Cross bleeding testimonial report. WTP Bit can reduce the horses heart rate. Read the qualified expert reports on our web site. Testing was conducted using a heart rate monitor and trainers stated they found their horses recovered faster after work because of the WTP bit. Their heart rates were down by between 5-10 points due to the bit keeping the horses’ tongue in the correct position, helping the horse to receive the necessary oxygen and they were less stressed therefore performing better. Ring Bit Design how to fit The large ring is attached with two elastic ties and comes with extra ties in a bag, put them in a safe place. If you need to replace them attach two to the large ring, then pull the band up over the plate. Any questions please Click here How to clean the bit Use toothpaste and a toothbrush to clean and then rinse the bit thoroughly. Also you can rinse the bit in water after use. Dried feed stuck to a bit can irritate a horses gums. Dental checks are important Regularly, 6 month dental checks are important as horses chew their food the edges of their teeth can become sharp and can cause discomfort and lacerations to their cheeks and tongue especially when ridden. Fitting the bit Most experts recommend 1 or two wrinkles at the edge of the mouth. Allow several days for your horse to adjust to the bit. It is similar to a human adjusting to a mouth guard or denture plate. WTP Bit also acts as a more effective and kind rearing bit. Many yearlings get their tongues over a rearing bit and are hard to control the tongue plate prevents this problem making your horse easier to lead. If using the WTP ring bit model to lead yearlings, stallions and problem horses, you could attach one lead to the ring.