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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul. 3, 2007

    Default Bumpy Happy Mouth Legality?

    After playing around with bits with my sensitive young horse, we have finally found that he likes the Happy Mouth loose-ring. Going over the USEF rules for dressage bits, it states that synthetic materials are permitted as long as they are the same outline. Well, the Happy Mouth is bumpy.

    Is that legal? Or do I need to go to a smooth mouthpiece? I can't find a Happy Mouth smooth one that has a stiff core, but there is a Nathe bit (for 3x the price... oi.). Is that the way I have to go?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb. 6, 2011


    Page 82 of the rule book shows that exact bit for the Happy Mouth example.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov. 10, 2005


    I have shown in the D ring version of that bit with no problems. My mare generally goes in a hackamore and this is the only bit she will tolerate.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct. 2, 1999
    Mendocino County, CA: Turkey Vulture HQ


    Hooray to the good person who has updated the bit list and bit drawings to be extremely specific, including for example the Myler bits.

    However, I point out sadly to OP, that the Happy Mouth bumpy mouthpiece is only explicitly called out as legal for eventing dressage, not for the dressage division. Boo hiss.
    If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct. 14, 2003


    My understanding is also that the bumpy HM is legal for eventing dressage, but not straight dressage.

    However, since I also faced the same dilemma, and hope to get my young-un out to some straight dressage shows in the next year, here you go:

    It is the same material as the bumpy one, just...not bumpy. I thought the Nathes were actually much more flexible, so may not be what you're looking for at all.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May. 4, 2013


    Fabulous info, thankyou. I show my guys in the slightly bumpy loose-ring happy mouth at BN and N without any problem. I have not tried a straight dressage class in it !

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul. 3, 2007


    Thank you all!

    Just FYI, the Nathes come both with a solid core & a flexible one.

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