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GoPro – part nine: Tips & tricks for sensitive mouth skin from the world’s best grooms

Tuesday, 06 October 2020
Tips & tricks


How can you best care for your horse? World of Showjumping asked several highly experienced grooms to share their tips & tricks. In the ninth part of this series we continue with medical care, with the focus on a very sensitive area – the mouth and the skin around. 


Denise Moriarty, long-time groom for Kent Farrington:



“For the mouth, prevention is the best. We use Bit Butter to prevent dry skin and cracking, latex on stronger bits or for sensitive mouths. If the mouth is irritated we change to a softer bit or hackamore. If needed, the cold laser can be used to encourage healing.”

Morgane Tresch, long-time groom for Jeroen Dubbeldam:



“Not an easy situation, but if a sore mouth occurs you can use a “sponge bit” or take a big sponge that you can fix on a bridle. Mix hot water with salt and vinegar in a bucket and drop the sponge in it. Put the sponge in the mouth and repeat three times a day.”  

Marlen Schannwell, long-time groom for Bertram Allen:



”Try to solve the problem first and check your bits. If the mouth still gets sore, I put honey on the bit and the sides, as well as Vaseline on the mouth area. After riding, I flush the mouth with saltwater. A laser helps to repair if needed.” 

Fran Callan, former long-time groom for Jur Vrieling, now working for Jos Verlooy:




“For cracks or splits, I use a tiny bit of Gastroguard. I know it is made for stomach ulcers, but this really heals any problems related to a sensitive mouth."

Nickki O’Donovan, long-time groom for Darragh Kenny:



“My number one go to when it comes to a sore mouth is Calmoseptine ointment. I think it can only be bought in America, so I stock up! Also avoid using a bit for a few days depending on the situation. You can also put Vaseline on the side of the mouth to help avoiding bit frictions in the first place.”

Malin Henlöv, former long-time groom for Peder Fredricson, now working for Evelina Tovek:




“Vaseline as prevention if the horses are sensitive. If I need to treat the skin, I use a cream called Green Ointment.” 

Jenny Ducoffre, long-time groom for Jos Verlooy:




“I use BoroStyrol mouth gel, which I get from the pharmacy.”

Sean Vard, long-time groom for Martin Fuchs:




“Thankfully, I don’t have to deal with this problem so much thanks to Martin’s soft bit choices. However, if the situation does arrive a light layer of Sudocream is normally enough!” 


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