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    Default Happy Mouth and Nathe bits legal in lower levels?

    I've been out of the loop for a while - are both Happy Mouth and Nathe bits legal in lower levels?



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    Yes.



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    Well, it depends on the type of Happy Mouth bit. For example, this type of Happy Mouth mullen mouth is NOT legal: http://img.smartpak.com/product/452700.jpg

    This Happy Mouth IS legal: http://img.smartpak.com/product/300x...sering_pla.jpg

    Nathe bits, as ThreeFigs said, are also legal. I emailed USEF about using the first bit at a show last year and they told me that I needed the smooth bit rather than the one with bumps. Just wanted to throw that out there because I wouldn't want anyone else making that mistake!
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    I did not know the bumpy ones were illegal!

    BTW, Ham is beautiful!



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    Bumping up to get out of the pile of SPAM!



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    Quote Originally Posted by ThreeFigs View Post
    I did not know the bumpy ones were illegal!

    BTW, Ham is beautiful!
    Yeah, I didn't know either! I don't quite understand why they are, but I'll just go with it. I'm not exclusively riding dressage (we're working on jumping, too), so I still use mine for schooling and save my Nathe for dressage shows.

    Thank you so much for the compliment on Ham! He's definitely a character and lives up to his name. I can't wait to get him out showing this year!
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    Thank you, very helpful!



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    the USEF rule book is very well written and very clear ( with illustrations) on what makes a bit illegal

    the bumps = lack of smoothness

    The Dressage section of the rulebook is as good a Dressage 101 you are going to see.



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