Taz is going happily at home in a mullen mouth D happy mouth. For being out and about in excitement, though, he has had a nice french link tom thumb pelham.
I'd like to combine the two and find him a bit with some brakes that he likes the mouthpiece of better. I've wrapped the mouthpiece of the FL pelham with vetrap for now, but he says that is pretty yucky too.
I would love to find a Happy Mouth, french link or double jointed, short shank pelham -- is such a critter even available? Should I stop looking and have the leather guy cover my french link pelham with soft leather?
GleeRider -- you are right -- there are a LOT of happy mouths listed there on Dover's page -- just not the one I'm looking for -- I had looked there and several other places before I asked here.
The three ring one is an option, but I wanted to make sure what I wanted wasn't out there before I gave up. The pelham in the link above is close -- shanks are just longer than what he has.
Before I make a decision, does anyone remember the link for the fabulous British shop with tons and tons of bits? I think Robby posted a link to it at one time . . .I could even search!! So much easier to pester you guys, though!
Would a pelham with a flexible rubber mullen mouthpiece work? There's one here, along with a french-link rubber pelham. I use that pelham on my horse who also goes in a duo loose-ring snaffle at home and a waterford-D at shows.
The link is to a fairly dangerous website, but the guy will let you try most of his bits.
these are mullen but soft in the middle without a joint that can pinch. I WILL NOT use happy mouths as I hate how they can get sharp as the plastic can be gnawed on easily which is why they are so cheap. If I need something soft we always go with Nathe or the duo. If you scroll down there are some duo's with whoa but soft mouth pieces .
Another option is the Stubben EZ control bit. My horse who usually does dressage in a Nathe loose ring loves these bits. He used to go in a Happy Mouth two ring, and he hunts in a vulcanite pelham (cheap off Ebay), but he loves the Stubben mouth. It is a french link that does not bend in past the mullen. Hard to explain, but it keeps it from pinching him. He had started to get sores and a piched tongue from the HM bits, so the EZ control solved the problem.