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    04-29-2010, 08:59 PM
  #1
Green Broke
Happy Mouth bits?

Anybody ever used one of these? Liked it? Hated it? Did your horse react differently than to a regular metal bit? Are these legal to show dressage in?

SmartPak has their full cheeks on clearance it looks like which is why I ask.

     
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    04-29-2010, 09:05 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Found the answer to the legal part, looks like they are.
     
    04-29-2010, 09:11 PM
  #3
Trained
Happy mouth bits are so fat! Just make sure your horse doesn't have bit fat tongue. It would be very cramped in there.
     
    04-29-2010, 09:25 PM
  #4
Showing
Some HMs are quite thick, so make sure your horse has the mouth to accommodate them. I do not like the single joints; they seem to be able to pinch even worse than a regular metal bit. Some horses like the plastic, others do not; it does not encourage salivation, so if the horse is quite dry mouthed, it can be fairly uncomfortable to carry for the horse.
Denny seemed to like his loose ring french link though, I just made sure to use bit guards as the sides appear to be able to pinch easy.
     
    04-29-2010, 09:45 PM
  #5
Green Broke
Hmm, well Majic is an Anglo Arab so I would say he has more of a dainty nose and mouth. Sounds like it may not work out so well then, humbug.
     
    04-29-2010, 10:00 PM
  #6
Trained
Not all of them are thick ! My mare has a small mouth & so I got one that is thinner/smaller & she loves it. You can also get a lot of different types of bits in happy mouth so you don't have to use just a single joint.
     
    04-29-2010, 10:11 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Here is the one I am looking at:

Happy Mouth Pastel Full Cheek from SmartPak Equine

I know its pastel, but it's cheap.
     
    04-29-2010, 10:36 PM
  #8
Showing
Personally, I do not like single jointed Happy Mouth bits. The joint is tiny and the plastic is relatively much larger. Between the large plastic and small joint, there is a really bad pinching spot.
See how the plastic bulges out before the joint, and how tiny the joint is? Big pinch zone; the tongue gets caught between the bit plastic areas and the tiny joint.
I don't know how to explain it properly... you kind of have to see it in person...
     
    04-29-2010, 11:00 PM
  #9
Trained
Personally, hate 'em. But I don't like any of the thick bits - I dont' see how they can be comfortable to even carry, and I don't want to put anything in my horses mouth they can't at least carry comfortably.
     
    04-29-2010, 11:08 PM
  #10
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
Personally, I do not like single jointed Happy Mouth bits. The joint is tiny and the plastic is relatively much larger. Between the large plastic and small joint, there is a really bad pinching spot.
See how the plastic bulges out before the joint, and how tiny the joint is? Big pinch zone; the tongue gets caught between the bit plastic areas and the tiny joint.
I don't know how to explain it properly... you kind of have to see it in person...
I was raising my eyebrow at that too, but I read somewhere on here that people didn't think that that was much of an issue.
     

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