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Happy Mouth Bits Recalled - photos in link

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  • Happy Mouth Bits Recalled - photos in link


    "Hazard: The steel braided wire in the mouthpiece that connects the bit on either side of the horse’s cheeks can become frayed, rusted or worn, which can cause the bit to break. If this happens, the rider can lose control and fall from the horse.

    "Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received four reports of wire bits that have broken and resulted in reports of injuries including broken and fractured bones, bruises and back pain from falls.

    "Description: "This recall involves eight models of Happy Mouth wire mouth bits used with a bridle in horseback riding. The bits involved in this recall have steel braided wire running through the plastic mouthpiece and most with a metal ring on each end. Model numbers included in the recall are 462172SS, 462177SS, 462181SS, 462184SS, 464123SS, 466898SS, 466904SS and 467248SS. Model numbers can be found on a label attached to the product. “Happy Mouth” is engraved on the plastic mouthpiece." "

  • #2
    Thanks for posting this, I'd never have seen it. We've got one of those bits.


    • #3
      It happened to a hunter/jumper trainer in my area. She is still not able to ride from the accident. Funny how long the warning takes to get a company to admit that their product has a potential flaw.


      • #4
        Thank goodness! My gelding's full-cheek mullen mouth snaffle isn't one of the ones on the list.
        "It's never too late to be what you might have been." George Eliot


        • #5
          I had one break when a guy I hired to keep my youngsters worked was riding. Thankfully said youngster was a saint and stopped on seat cues alone. I was there when it broke and all he did was barely ask for a left turn and half the bit slid out of her mouth. She stopped confused and wondering what happened and he hopped off. The braided wire was busted in two and looked like it had been for a while and all that had been holding it together was the soft happy mouth plastic. Thank heavens for well behaved fillies.
          *Edited to add that the bit of mine that broke was a straight bar almost nathe style and was bought used so who knows what could have happened to cause this. It was NOT one of the bits recalled just posted this as a reminder to check your bits regularly and make sure everything is safe.


          • #6
            Oh my gosh! I am using the d-ring currently! So glad you posted this. Thanks.


            • Original Poster

              The recall goes back 9 years:

              "Sold at: Equestrian riding stores, tack shops, saddlery dealers nationwide, through mail order and by online equestrian retailers from July 2003 through April 2012 for between $30 and $51."

              There's probably a few of those older bits around.


              • #8
                I know someone using the gag. I should let them know!


                • #9
                  I'm using one of those too but for the life of me cannot remember where I bought it. Crap.


                  • #10
                    I know where I bought mine, but certainly don't have the packaging or receipt. I am hoping that it is in their records that I purchased it from them...


                    • Original Poster

                      It doesn't say a receipt is necessary - who has a receipt from 2003? (And if you do, What Is Wrong With You? )

                      It also says you can return directly to the manufacturer, so you don't have to go back to the retailer.
                      Last edited by Anne FS; Jun. 1, 2012, 08:24 AM. Reason: fixed typo


                      • #12
                        Thanks for posting. I have the D-ring bit. Crap, now to mail it in and find a replacement.
                        Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.


                        • #13
                          Just one more reason why I don't touch these bits... eeks... sounds disastrous.


                          • #14
                            Oh my! Now, that's certainly not what you want now, is it? Yikes.


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by andyvee View Post
                              Just one more reason why I don't touch these bits... eeks... sounds disastrous.
                              At the risk of starting a firestorm of debate... Why else don't you like them? I am clearly in need of finding another bit now, and would like feedback on happy mouths in general...


                              • #16
                                Well, I have 2 and am trying to find out if they are on the list. The photos aren't clear and the mfr. rep claims all "peanut roller" bits are recalled. Darn.
                                "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." - Charles Darwin


                                • #17
                                  I just got off the phone with English Riding Supply. They don't really know a timeframe for refunds to be processed yet, as this is Day 1 for them of this being public.

                                  Just call the number, they will ask for your name, address, phone number and email (optional), ask you which bit you have, if you remember where you purchased it (you do not need to know this, and you do not need a receipt), and then they will give you the address to send it back.


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Marla 100 View Post
                                    Well, I have 2 and am trying to find out if they are on the list. The photos aren't clear and the mfr. rep claims all "peanut roller" bits are recalled. Darn.
                                    If the roller is connected with a coated wire running through the bit, then those are recalled. If it is a true double-jointed bit with a roller in the middle, then those are ok.
                                    The only thing the government needs to solve all of its problems is a Council of Common Sense.


                                    • #19
                                      Thank you for posting this!

                                      Does anyone know if you can just take the bit(s) back to the local Dover store? Has anyone tried it?

                                      I just called Dover customer service, asked to speak with a manager. (I have 3 of these bits - the boucher, the loose ring and the d-ring). I wanted to make sure I can return them to the local store before I drive over there.

                                      The manager started giving me the run-around, about how they didn't get an official notification of the product defect (although she clearly knew of the recall), that I should call my local store and check with them, and how you would need proof of purchase....

                                      I basically said that its not my job to have to call the local store to explain the situation to them. I have NO tolerance for this kind of bs, so I notified her I would be posting her answer on the internet.

                                      She did call me back and say that anyone can take back any bit they are concerned about.

                                      So there you have it.....bring those bits back to the local store.
                                      Last edited by ytr45; Jun. 1, 2012, 12:58 PM.


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Dramapony_misty View Post
                                        If the roller is connected with a coated wire running through the bit, then those are recalled. If it is a true double-jointed bit with a roller in the middle, then those are ok.
                                        Thank goodness! I just bought two of the double jointed full cheek bits! So we should be ok.