• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Wonder bit search

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Wonder bit search

    Does anyone know if anyone makes a "wonder bit" (meaning this- http://www.bitofbritain.com/Wonder_B...ink_p/1060.htm) with a SOLID plastic mouthpiece? I've looked around, including on some UK websites that have a great selection of bits, but can't seem to find anything. I can find Happy Mouth wonder bits, but they are jointed. I don't really care if it is Happy Mouth, Nathe, or just plain ol' rubber.

    Vernon is really, really happy in his plastic mullen mouths, and after jumping him on Saturday in his dressage bit, I'm not sure I need to full on ring bit, but I also don't think I'll have quite enough in just the dressage bit on xc...the wonder bit idea seems like a nice happy medium. Currently he is doing the majority of his work in this- http://www.doversaddlery.com/product...&ids=751358236 and jumping in this- http://www.doversaddlery.com/product...&ids=751358236 - with two reins...bottom rein on the second ring. Any other thoughts on something in between this and his dee ring?

  • #2
    almost, and I'm not sure if the part in the middle is legal or not, it sounds from the discription like its not :\



    • Original Poster

      It's totally legal for jumping, which is what I'm looking for, but not a solid mouth. Thanks, though!


      • #4
        lol sorry, slow on the uptake - thought you said you wanted a rubber jointed duh. Haven't seen any solid mouth bevel/wonder bits, but maybe check out some of the euro sites, that type of bit is more popular over there I think.


        • #5
          YB- I have one made by happy mouth. I bought it on ebay uk I believe.


          • #6
            See here for the nathe, but it costs 236.00!!!!

            OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


            • #7


              • #8
                Not knowing exactly what feel you are going for and what his issues are - could just having one rein on the main bit ring or on the loop below help you out. Most of the ring bits don't have much effect when you put the reins on the lower loops without adding a curbstrap.
                1. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.


                • #9
                  YB, one of my barnmates has a Wonder Bit like what you describe. Though the mouth is not a straight bar, it is not jointed and is a rubber coated bit. I will ask her where she got it.


                  • Original Poster

                    Exactly! And after a little smarter googling, I found it at a online tack shop (in the UK, of course).

                    horsecents, the way the ring bit is set up now is working great, and I do NOT want to ride him with just one rein on a lower ring...way more bit than I need. When he gets tired or gets motoring on xc, he wants to get low and luggy. The lower rein on the ring bit allows me to smoothly correct him, and having the two reins allows me to more or less ride just off the snaffle rein the rest of the time. Going in just the snaffle I feel like I would be having to constantly rearrange him and fuss and probably start my set up far sooner...I rather have a wee bit more bit so we can get our set up done in as few strides as possible. I think the wonder bit design might give me the in between feeling I'm looking for (as he does occasionally over react to the whole ring bit thing). But he has been very, very happy and much nicer in a plastic straight bar than he ever was in anything with a joint (one or two), so I'm trying to stay with that.


                    • #11
                      It has worked very well for a horse similar to what you are describing. The hard part is finding the correct name..beval, wilkie or wonderbit I want a nathe or duo pelham or nathe/duo three ring bit. I stalk ebay like a crazy person but I get lots of Tb's with soft mouths who need just a tiny bit more so I love having the options of playing with the different mouthpieces.

                      YB- I am not using mine right now if you would like to try it.


                      • #12
                        I have this exact Nathe bit....http://www.equusport.com/item.php?it...ategory_id=122

                        I won't be needing it so if you are interested in purchasing it PM me, I'll let it go for cheap.


                        • #13
                          I understand what you're looking for. I would stick with the Happy Mouth mouthpiece because he might get too low with a more flexible mouth piece and harder to bring back up. I just switched my horse from a Happy Mouth mullen to a flexible rubber mullen (to promote even stronger contact with bit) and was told that they can learn to run through them after awhile. I do like the idea of the loop rings.
                          1. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.


                          • #14
                            YB, I asked my barnmate last night about her Wonder Bit. Turns out it is NOT a straight bar, but a jointed that she has wrapped with latex rubber to turn it into a straight rubber mouth. It works pretty well, she says, and I hadn't even noticed it *was* jointed.

                            So there's a possible thought for you if you can't find something you like.


                            • #15
                              It sounds like you found what you are looking for but, if not, try Sue at Fylde Saddlery (www.fyldesaddlery.co.uk). Apparently they invented the wilkie bit (the ring with the two loops) and will make one for you with any mouthpiece you want. They also have one with sleeves for the ring (the large wilkie) so it doesn't pinch your horses mouth. I got one with a slow twist and one with a regular snaffle and am very pleased. I'm pretty sure they can make one with a non-jointed mouth piece.


                              • Original Poster

                                Thanks, everyone, for all the useful advice!

                                Steelerino, I am sending you a PM. Even if it isn't quite what I need, I never mind adding to our VERY, VERY large collection of bits (most of which gather dust and make for a nice show ).