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    08-26-2012, 11:07 AM
Green Broke
Happy mouth bits?

So I have a horse who I haven't quite figured out which bit she likes best yet so I'm playing around with different kinds! We do dressage so I'm looking for one that is dressage legal of course. Here is what we've tried so far and how she has reacted to each...

French link Dee ring snaffle -- Her favorite so far...I can get her to have moments of acceptance and rounding with this bit but it takes a ton of leg/rein pressure to do it, she hangs on this one normally.

Single jointed Dee ring snaffle -- Gives me the ability to use less pressure but after awhile she starts to get offended and tries to escape the bit, I don't think she likes the nutcracker effect of the single jointed bits.

Single or French link Eggbutt snaffles -- Basically the same as above except I have less control with Eggbutt, Dee ring seems to work best for her.

Loose ring and full cheek bits -- same as Eggbutt but even less response from her, she tends to run through these.

Tom thumb Pelham -- by far the best bit for her but unfortunatey not legal in dressage. She doesn't get offended by this bit and is very light and responsive. But I know this is a stronger bit because of the leverage and it's a moot point since it's not allowed in dressage anyway.

One of my friends suggested a Happy Mouth bit for her, but I wonder if that kind of bit would just be easily ignored by her? Anyone have any suggestions?

Also as a side note I do work with a trainer and whatever I take with the reins I first apply with the legs, so I'm not trying to skip fundamental training with a bit, just trying to find the one she likes best that will make it the easiest for her to perform what I am asking her to do
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    08-26-2012, 11:38 AM
Have you thought about a myler bit? Ill put a link below. I used to use one on my horse and it worked well for him but we transitioned him into a frenck link loose ring afterwards. I don't know if they are legal, im assuming yes.

Myler Low Port Dee Snaffle Bit MB 04 | Dover Saddlery
    08-26-2012, 12:13 PM
HS, I'm not fan of happy mouth bits frankly. I've seen some to get chewed through in no time. I did try bunch of bits on my mares (including french link, oval mouth, Myler, those by KK Ultra, Stubben, Albacon, etc.). Both mares liked Mikmar lorenzo (spell?) snaffle the best. So that's what I use for number of years already.
    08-26-2012, 12:50 PM
Green Broke
I'm not sure that one would be legal because of the port... But I'm going to go check!
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    08-26-2012, 12:51 PM
Green Broke
Kitten I will have to go check that out as well, never heard of that kind!
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    08-26-2012, 12:55 PM
Green Broke
Just FYI for everyone… I did check and the Myler bit listed above is not legal in dressage because of the port.
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    08-26-2012, 12:58 PM
Green Broke
Kitten I can't seem to find that type of bit online… Do you have a link you can post here?
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    08-26-2012, 03:55 PM
Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand    
Kitten I will have to go check that out as well, never heard of that kind!
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Here it is

Mikmar Bit Company (use on my qh, she likes "stable" bit)

Mikmar Bit Company (use on my paint, she prefers moving rings)

The material they use for the mouthpiece has a taste to it (I didn't try, but my mom did ), and I noticed that both softened and salivated more when I started using the bit. Of course, both are dressage-legal. They are not cheap like say Albacon or Ovation, but much cheaper than say super expensive KK Ultra (that I tried too).
    08-26-2012, 03:59 PM
Gypsy has a racing dee happy mouth bit with a roller and she LOVES it. She is a bit chewer and hasnt put a single mark on her bit and I've used it with her for 3 years.
    08-26-2012, 04:40 PM
Originally Posted by gypsygirl    
gypsy has a racing dee happy mouth bit with a roller and she LOVES it. She is a bit chewer and hasnt put a single mark on her bit and I've used it with her for 3 years.
GG, I think roller is forbidden for dressage shows (unless they changed it, because I remember of some bit changes announced recently). You are lucky though, my neighbor's OTTB ate through the bit in 6 months or so (you could see the metal).

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