One in five race horses stressed by having their tongues tied

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One in five race horses in Australia have their tongues tied to their lower jaws but recent research suggests the procedure may be distressing for horses and more work should be done on understand exactly how tongue-ties help or harm horses, according to Australian experts. Horses who had tongue ties showed more more head-tossing, backwards ear position and gaping during tongue-tie application, all behaviours that suggests a stressed out horse. Tongue ties are used six times more often in Australia than in the UK and the use of tongue ties was banned in Germany in June 2018.

Journal/conference: International Conference of International Society for Equitation Science

Organisation/s: The University of Sydney, The University of Adelaide

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    The Conversation article

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    Tongue tie

    To avoid the tongue becoming free, it is important to ensnare it with the tongue-tie by applying one or more loops around the tongue

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    Tongue tie

    Tongue-ties can be fashioned from nylon stockings, or loops of leather or elastic. Racing Australia’s Register of Approved Gear states that they must be at 15mm wide

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    Tongue tie

    The tongue must be fixed to the mandible (lower jaw)

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    Tongue tie

    Horses tongues are muscular and slippery, so the first task is to grip the tongue manually

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