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Successor to the recalled Happy Mouth Bit?

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  • Successor to the recalled Happy Mouth Bit?

    So I have two horses that I use the recalled coated wire, roller mouth Happy Mouth bits. I understand why they were recalled, I experienced it first hand, LOL (broke one in the air over an XC fence, another in the middle of a dressage school, and third one in the middle of a grid). But I loved them anyway, and I just made sure I had several of them on hand.

    So, when they were recalled, I figured they'd rejigger them a bit and then re-release them. Well, I just went to order some, and guess what, still not available. Only Happy Mouths are the regular metal bits coated with the plastic. None of the coated wire. So I look in to Nathe bits, the only other kind that I've used with similar success, and guess what, they are in the middle of a large recall also, with my preferred type no longer available.

    I have two horses here who have made it clear over the years that they have no tolerance for metal bits, even plastic coated ones. None. They like the soft, flexible coated wire, (IOW a stiff mullen mouth isn't going to work either).

    So what do I do? I'm down to the bottom of my supply (I have one loose ring and one full cheek left), and I'm getting nervous. Does anyone know of any similar bits that might work for my guys?

    Phoenix Farm ~ Breeding-Training-Sales
    Eventing, Dressage, Young Horses
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  • #2
    Maybe one of these?

    Big Idea Eventing


    • #3
      More in the price range of the Nathes, but what about the Duo bits?


      Also, it seems SmartPak has a few left if you'd prefer to just stock up instead :



      Full cheek: http://www.smartpakequine.com/happy-...x?cm_vc=Search
      “They were not sitting backwards on their horses,” he said with a sly smile. “But they had no dressage preparation..." - Bert de Nemethy


      • #4
        This mouthpiece, right?


        I haven't seen that setup in forever. I think they might be gone for good.

        If you get really desperate, this leather mouthpiece bit might work. $$$$, though.


        Here's the description:

        These Dee Ring have cable reinforced 7/8" Leather mouth.

        Ah, it looks like these guys still have the nathe. Ouch on the price.


        Another, from the UK:



        • #5
          I'm in the same boat with one of mine. She will go in a soft rubber mullen mouth for dressage but not great for jumping. I found this loose ring version on ebay and found them at this website: http://www.happytack.co.uk/french-de...bit-1366-p.asp


          • #6
            What about the Poponcini bits? They've been discussed on here before.



            • Original Poster

              Lotta-B bless you. I'm going to order in bulk, LOL.

              One of my two fussy ones I'm going try to transition to something else, but with my oldster (18 this year and still going strong with my students) it isn't worth it--I've tried many times over all the years I've had him. I figure he's got about 5-8 years of working life left (fingers crossed) so if I buy one bit for each year, I should be able to get him through, LOL.

              That's so crazy, it just might work, LOLOLOL.

              Thanks all!
              Phoenix Farm ~ Breeding-Training-Sales
              Eventing, Dressage, Young Horses
              Check out my new blog: http://califcountrymom.blogspot.com


              • #8
                Lotta-B, thanks for the link for the peanut snaffle. My young filly liked this bit but quickly outgrew it and couldn't find a larger size. Bingo we're back in business!!
                "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." - Charles Darwin