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post #1 of 4 Old 02-10-2013, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Opinions: Happy Mouth double jointed roller Dee

Happy Mouth Double Jointed Roller Dee - D-Rings from SmartPak Equine

Topaz hates the metal bit. The trainer has worked with him and he has gotten better but he really hates the feel of the metal. It takes a half hour to get him to take the metal bit, if it's rushed he'll balk and rear. Same about getting it out of his mouth.

Rather than stress him I'm looking into alternative bits. Opinions on this one?

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post #2 of 4 Old 02-10-2013, 03:09 PM
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I haven't ever used the Happy Mouth bits, but I've heard good things.

I was going to suggest using a bit with copper inlays or copper rollers to give him something to interesting to do. My mare hated her regular bit, and then I switched to a French link with copper rollers and the problem was essentially solved.
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It's the general feeling of metal anywhere near his mouth. Topaz was beaten pretty bad before I got him (he has plenty of physical scars to go with his mental ones) and after 6 months of working with him he will not outright balk at the feeling of the metal on his lips or teeth but he is very unwilling to allow me to open his mouth for the bit. I had a vet come out, checked out his mouth but nothing obviously wrong with his teeth. The trainer suggested some kind of coated bit to get his trust back in having something in his mouth.

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If that is the case, then the Happy Mouth bits are probably a good choice. I have heard good things about them. I would for sure go with something double jointed like you linked to.

Good luck! I hope someone with more experience with the Happy Mouth bits will post some feedback for you. :)
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