Happy Mouth Jointed Boucher
My warmblood responds nicely to this bit. I feel that the happy mouth is a softer alternative to metal for a young, responsive horse. He is much happier in this bit than he was in a lozenge bit.
February 26, 2013
A work in progress
I ride a young, half-bred draft mare who can be very strong and disrespectful in a snaffle. I switched to a 2-ring elevator bit which has given me the respect, softness and control I needed, but this bit is not permitted in dressage competitions. I have begun to use the jointed boucher bit (which is allowed in competitions) and it definitely has more authority than a snaffle, but not as much as the elevator bit. So I alternate between the elevator and the boucher and slowley the mare is beginning to figure it out and carry herself with more balance and impulsion. I am not disappointed.
February 11, 2013
My rescued Paint gelding loooves this bit! He'd been severely mishandled in his past, and ridden way too hard. He's still rather green, and I wanted him to learn that learning can be FUN! He'd been going fairly well in a regular Boucher, but seemed to dislike the metal in his mouth. (I also sometimes ride him in a bitless bridle.) Since his dentition wasn't the issue, I felt that perhaps he would prefer a coated bit over a plain metal one. I decided to try the Happy Mouth Jointed Boucher. After I put it in his mouth for the first time, he actually sucked on it for a few minutes! Now training sessions are so much more enjoyable for both of us. He's more responsive and actually seems to like being ridden! As for durability, the plastic coating has gotten slightly scratched up after several uses, but is still safe to use. Still a great bit at a great price!
September 27, 2012
This bit is fully meeting my expectations. There's nothing exceptional about it ... My horse likes it, it's the right size and nicely priced. I had to order a different size, so I appreciate that SmartPak will accept returns on bits and even sent a shipping label. I didn't use it, but some sellers won't take bits back at all.
June 13, 2012
This is my second Happy Mouth bit
I have had good luck with these bits. They are good looking and affordable. The metal holds up really well, but of course, the plastic parts do get a bit chewed up. But I think that is expected.
August 24, 2011
My horse seems to like these bits. They seem to be easier on the bars.
April 14, 2011