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  • Searching for a bit...

    I'm on something of a bit-hunt with my mare. She's happily going in a Korsteel loosering French link on her dressage bridle, but I've been playing with the bits on her jumping one a bit. The bit she's liked best has been the Happy Mouth French Link, with straight sides and a big, flat link in the middle. She hates anything with a tiny link or an oval link (KK type links), or anything with very curved side pieces, and will go better in a plain dee than anything like that, but does not love the plain snaffle as much as the French Link HM.

    However, I am sick of shelling out $50 every 18 months to replace the plastic Happy Mouth that inevitably gets chewed up, and would like to find essentially that mouthpiece, in metal. But I can't seem to find anything with straight side pieces and a big flat link that's not angled like a Dr. Bristol, which is way too much bit for this horse. Does anyone have any suggestions on where I might track down such a bit, without having to go the custom route? I'm looked through Dover, VTO, Smartpak, Beval, and Libertyville online, and poked through the Tack Box, local Dovers, and Saddlery Liquidators. My mare would thank you for any suggestions
    A Year In the Saddle

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    I haven't desected a happy mouth. Is there metal in there like a rubber snaffle? Just wondering if you could repair them with latex.

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      I know you said you want to avoid pricey custom...but if you are really paying for the happy mouth over and over.....maybe it is worth it now. Plus, then you are getting exactly what you want, and not just settling for the next best thing, or a good-in-theory but not quite right knock off.

      If you do decide to go custom, I highly recommend Jay Shuttleworth.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Pally View Post
        I know you said you want to avoid pricey custom...but if you are really paying for the happy mouth over and over.....maybe it is worth it now. Plus, then you are getting exactly what you want, and not just settling for the next best thing, or a good-in-theory but not quite right knock off.

        If you do decide to go custom, I highly recommend Jay Shuttleworth.
        In the long run, it probably is cheaper to go custom than keep buying the same thing over and over, and probably not at all difficult for a custom maker to do. I'm just hoping that someone out in the vast wisdom of COTH might know of something off the rack a bit cheaper before I do that.

        mrsbradbury, the HMs do have metal in them, and you can sand them down a bit where they get chewed, but you can only sand off so much!
        A Year In the Saddle

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          You could try looking at Equusport (http://www.equusport.com). They have all manner of unusual bits, and if you don't see it, they might be able to find it for you. I got a great bit from them - a vulcanite Cambridge-mouth D-Ring. They have a french-link full-cheek that looks, shapewise, like the happy bit.
          Why do I like most horses better than most people?

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          • #6
            Some options:

            Couple of Dr. Bristols that look like the angles aren't severe.

            http://www.adamshorsesupply.com/browse.cfm/4,446.html


            http://www.adamshorsesupply.com/browse.cfm/4,438.html

            Wider link, but also figure 8

            http://www.chicksaddlery.com/Merchan...%2Bdata%2Bfeed
            My adventures as a working rider

            theworkingrider.blogspot.com

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              Originally posted by Nickelodian View Post
              Some options:

              Couple of Dr. Bristols that look like the angles aren't severe.

              http://www.adamshorsesupply.com/browse.cfm/4,446.html


              http://www.adamshorsesupply.com/browse.cfm/4,438.html
              Hmm, that second one looks like the link is flat across, and not angled at all. Maybe I'll see if my local tack store can order me one, so I can see what the link looks like. Darn picky chestnut mare
              A Year In the Saddle

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                Jen - Adams horse supply has been very accommodating for me. If your tack shop can't order, I'm sure that they would be happy to ship you one to try.

                Just give them a call, it's a family owned business, they went out of their way for me in a helmet pinch.
                My adventures as a working rider

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