• 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

Anyone Tried This Bit? *Update for Those Wondering How it Worked*

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Anyone Tried This Bit? *Update for Those Wondering How it Worked*

    Just bought my boy a new bit that I think he will really like. I've never really seen a bit like it before. My current boy who tends to have a funny mouth but often wants to be a bit too light in the hand (gotten MUCH better, almost to being a non issue anymore but that's his tendency) was going in a straightbar happymouth (the one with the bumps) eggbutt. And this is the one I bought

    It's a nathe bit and the mouthpiece is flexible but not really flexible. More flexible than a happy mouth but less flexible than the white nathe material.

    I would have preferred it in a d-ring/eggbutt ring instead of a loose ring as he likes the 'purchase'/stability of the fixed sides and tends to get rubs/pinches from loose rings. I bought the velcro fabric type bit guards as the rubber ones leave too much gapping around the mouthpiece and still let him get rubs, but the velcro ones 'hug' the mouthpiece and prevent that.

    Anyways, just wondering if anyone had tried this bit and on what kind of horse and how did you like it?
    Last edited by ElisLove; Mar. 14, 2013, 10:55 PM.

  • #2
    Funky, I've never seen a rubber/plastic bit like that either. Who is the manufacturer?


    • Original Poster

      It's a Nathe bit (or that's what the price tag says).


      • #4
        i ordered a bit just like that from Beris... but in a dee ring. Have you tried it yet?


        • #5
          i bet it's a beris... really looks like the loose ring option of what I bought...


          • #6
            Beris makes a D-ring bit tha looks very similar (http://www.beris.co.uk/Dring_ported.html). Was debating purchasing one for a horse I ride.


            • Original Poster

              I haven't tried it yet. Don't get to try it till next week. I don't believe it is a beris as the color is different and this one doesn't have the metal pieces around the holes for the loose ring piece. When I try it next week I will try to let you know how it went. I will keep the beris one in mind if I like the bit but want something with solid sides.


              • Original Poster

                Just pulled it up. It is definitely a nathe


                • #9
                  cool. well let us know how your horse likes it! Mine probably won't come in for a month minimum


                  • #10
                    I tried a bit that looked like this one, on my Trakehner gelding...it didn't have any tags, so not sure if it was the same or not. He hated it, but he also hated the Happy Mouths and various other plastic and rubber combos.

                    My horse was also trained to neck rein, and I think the port and unbroken mouthpiece makes him think he's supposed to be "Western" and so he backs way off the contact.

                    The biggest worry I would have is that your horse is going well in a non-loose ring arrangement, and that's a big change in the action. It might take a few rides for him to get used to the action before you see how he likes the bit.
                    Lifestyle coordinator for Zora, Spooky, Wolfgang and Warrior


                    • Original Poster

                      Thanks for the reply. My boy definitely goes the best in the happymouth straight bar, so I am really hoping he does like this one.
                      He has gone in loose rings before but he has such issue with them pinching that I often switch him just cause of that, however these bit guards I think will prevent that. SO we will see if he was a solid ring attachment or not. I could try it will some sealtex (or whatever it's called) to 'make' it a fairly solid ring attachment if I think he likes the mouthpiece but needs more stability.


                      • #12
                        I've never seen anything like that before, did you order it online? have you tried this one yet? excited to hear the results!!
                        Teaching Horseback Riding Lessons: A Practical Training Manual for Instructors

                        Stop Wasting Hay and Extend Consumption Time With Round Bale Hay Nets!!


                        • Original Poster

                          Thought I would update this since I have tried it on my horse now. Haven't done a ton in it as I gave my horse a couple months off this winter and am still just getting him back in shape. We've been doing walk/trot only so far. Things seemed to be going ok in it. He's always very difficult at the walk in the mouth cause he likes to be super light and random with his head (and I don't normally spend as much time on the walk as I should) but he would get better as the ride would go on. At the trot he was wanting to be a bit tense and on the under side and trying to be a bit rushy, and I had to do a lot of bending/counter bending/ flexions to encourage him to reach into it (something that has really helped him since being with my current trainer) but it wasn't great. However I didn't know if it was because he's been out of work, and isn't doing a whole lot yet. Yesterday, I decided that I would try his old bit (straight bar, happy mouth eggbutt) today to see if it was the bit or just the out of work making him not as good as I would like.
                          Well, he clearly chooses the happymouth! I could practically just sit there and do nothing and he was so wiling to reach into it, really work from his hind end and kept a beautiful, even tempo. SO much better. So that was 70 bucks down the drain haha. Apparently happymouth is the way to go!


                          • #14
                            Interesting. Thanks for the update!