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post #1 of 9 Old 07-26-2011, 01:38 AM Thread Starter
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Have you guy ever experienced using one? Is it really that different than a normal stainless steel bit? Does the plastic bend?
I'm just wondering because I wanted to get one for schooling my Arab because he is very soft mouthed. Any reviews?
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post #2 of 9 Old 07-26-2011, 01:47 AM
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I have a happy mouth snaffle for my gelding. It's softer than a metal bit which is good for a soft-mouthed horse.

Cons are that it's expensive and easily chewed up. My gelding has already put teeth marks in his and if bits are chewed off, it's not safe to use any more.
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It depends on horse I think. My neighbor's OTTB chewed it through in less than a year. After looking at her bit I decided not to give a try with it with my mouthy paint.

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post #4 of 9 Old 07-26-2011, 02:52 PM
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I tried a loose ring happy mouth on my mare. It was great at first and she loved it, but the rings started to pinch her cheeks so I switched bits. As the others said it's not good for a mouthy horse that likes to chew on the bit though.
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post #5 of 9 Old 07-26-2011, 03:24 PM
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The plastic does not bend. It has a metal core.
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post #6 of 9 Old 07-26-2011, 03:26 PM
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actually my mare chews a TON i mean all the time when we are standing and she has put no marks in her bit. i like it a lot and it does not bend.

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post #7 of 9 Old 07-27-2011, 10:57 AM
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I had one for my horse, he doesn't like a jointed bit, so I went with a straight bar happy mouth - they are warmer in the horse's mouth than metal, but they can be chewed and damaged

Horse didn't like the bit anyways, so I now have a flexible rubber mullen mouth snaffle and he seems happy enough in that

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I tried a loose ring happy mouth on my mare. It was great at first and she loved it, but the rings started to pinch her cheeks so I switched bits.
That's usually a sign that the bit is too narrow. Loose ring bits should be fitted a little extra room compared to other bits. I like this blog post on fitting loose ring snaffles: Fitting a Loose Ring Snaffle | EQUINE Ink Since she really liked the bit at first, it might be worth trying the same one in the next size up.
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post #9 of 9 Old 07-27-2011, 01:00 PM
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That's usually a sign that the bit is too narrow. Loose ring bits should be fitted a little extra room compared to other bits. I like this blog post on fitting loose ring snaffles: Fitting a Loose Ring Snaffle | EQUINE Ink Since she really liked the bit at first, it might be worth trying the same one in the next size up.
Thank you, but she actually likes the D ring double jointed better. I was going to buy a bigger loose ring and use the D ring I had laying around until I got to the store, but she was so happy with the new one I just never went.
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