Happy Mouth Bits
What do you guys think about happy mouth bits ? Its basically a bit that has a rubber covering on it, and you can get them flavored as well! Does anyone use one? If so what are the pros and cons? I have a friend who swear by them! I was thinking about getting one for my own horse, but i want other opinions before I do!
I basically want something similar to this french link!
I've not used one personally because I didn't like all the reviews I read about horses chewing through them at a fast pace, and having to buy replacements often. I don't have the money to replace a bit every few months. I suppose if you don't have a horse that plays with or chews on the bit that you'd be okay, but then you probably wouldn't need the happy mouth then anyway...
First off, wanted to point out that the bit in your picture is a Dr. Bristol, not a French link.
While I have not used the Happy Mouth brand, I have used other plastic bits, and I'm not a huge fan. I prefer rubber bits because they have a totally different feel--plastic is not all that different from metal. Some horses like them, and that's great, so it doesn't hurt to try...but if your horse works well in a metal bit, why change?
My horse bit a huge crack in one the very first time I used it and rendered it unusable from then on, at risk of cutting his mouth. Waste of $50 in my opinion.
I probably wouldn't spend the money on one. It looks really bulky, like a lot for the horse to hold in his mouth - I can see small-mouthed horses taking issue with that, along with the problems posted by the other members.
It doesn't hurt to try, your horse may like it, but, as bubba13 said, if the horse is working well in a "traditional" bit, why change?
Depends on horse. For some they last long, some will chew it off VERY fast. My neighbor used one (per trainer recommendation), and the horse chewed it all through to the metal in several months. I'm not that rich to change a bit every 6 months so I go with metal bit. :wink:
my horse really likes her happy mouth ! she has been using it for a year and a half and it has not been chewed at all.
My horse tolerates a metal bit, but thats about it. I feel he needs something different to work with. I just feel like it is an option to try out. If he happens to chew through it then at least then I know it's not the bit for us.
Bubba, sorry, my mistake. When i looked through them that is what it showed as a "French Link" .
They are great! My horse chews on her but it has not been damaged so far. Hers is apple flavour and it is making her like bits a little more. There is a horse around here who will open his mouth when he sees the bit coming because it is apple flavour! Very cute and handy XD
I use this one but it is three ring
I have a Happy Mouth D-ring snaffle for my young gelding.
My gelding was in a Kimberwicke with a martingale for constant head tossing when I bought him and HATED having a bit put in his mouth. He absolutely loves his happy mouth, opens his mouth when he sees it coming and hasn't tossed his head once.
It's got some chew marks but nothing that makes it unsafe. It was supposedly apple flavored, according to my kids who both tried it (BEFORE the horse!) it didn't taste like anything other than plastic.
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