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Nathe Loose Ring Snaffle

Nathe Bits
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Why We Love This

Nath bits are especially beneficial for sensitive horses, young horses and for promoting a sensitive style of riding. For more than 20 years, Nathe has developed and manufactured synthetic bits. The bits are manufactured in Germany and come with a tear and safety guarantee.

Favorite Features

  • Encourages the horse's chewing and activate salivation
  • Allergy-free mouthpiece with steel core
  • Extremely gentle to the horse's mouth and tongue

Sizing It Up

20mm thick with 60mm stainless steel rings.
Please note, because this product is handmade, it is possible for some slight variations in size.

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Nathe Loose Ring Snaffle is rated 4.875 out of 5 by 16.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My horse loves it! Nice soft rubber bit. My 5 yr old TB loves to chew on it and responds very well to it in the ring and on the trail. So far very durable, altho it seems like he is chewing the bit there isn't a mark on it! Expensive, but worth it if you know your horse would like a mullen type bit.
Date published: 2014-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Happy! I've been looking for a thinner nathe-styled bit and this really worked! My boy is so happy to be on the bit and takes up contact with ease now! I can't say for durability yet, but so far it's been awesome!
Date published: 2013-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Love this Bit! My young horse has always sucked behind the contact even in the soft KK Ultra bits and I found this one and he has completely done a 180. He is seeking the contact, softly chewing, and is very confident in it. I love how flexible and soft it is and even holds up to his sometimes overzealous chewing! Definitely would recommend this bit for the young horse or the any horse with a very soft mouth.
Date published: 2013-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Bit! MY OTTB LOVES this bit. She is a baby fresh off the track and was avoiding contact in every snaffle/happy mouth I used. This bit solved that problem and she is now happy to accept contact! Although these bits are pricey you will NOT be disappointed. They are wonderful.
Date published: 2013-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Buy! Absolutely ADORE this bit. Recommended by my trainer for my green broke horse who I started with a full cheek snaffle. We both much prefer this and I am so pleased!! I have since started riding lots of horses in this bit and it is really holding up nicely! Only slightly annoying thing is that grass gets really easily stuck in between the ring and the rubber which can be annoying to clean. Overall, a great buy and well worth the money!! This bit will last you forever!
Date published: 2012-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My sensitive horse LOVES this bit! I'll never go back to a hard bit. I've had my Nathe for about a year and a half now. It doesn't get many bite marks when I have it adjusted correctly. When I had it up too high it was a problem. My sensitive mare willingly moves up into the contact with this bit, which she had a hard time doing with harder mouthpieces, including a Happy Mouth. It's ready to be replaced now, but what can you expect for a soft rubber bit? I'm going to buy another one, and when that needs replacing, I'll buy another one, and so on. :)I also emailed USEF because I want to start showing in Dressage. I was told that this bit IS Dressage legal, up through the 4th level. It is only illegal above 4th level.
Date published: 2012-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good product I bought this bit for my mare who likes to suck back behind the bit at times. She has a sensitive mouth and does not like jointed bits. I normally ride her in a mullen mouth with a port for tongue relief. Since this is not dressage legal, I was happy to find a mullen mouth bit that has slight tongue relief and is legal for showing. Overall, I am happy with this product.
Date published: 2011-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nathe while this bit is very well made it is easy for the horse to bite through the soft rubber. this bit is expensive to have to replace often. but the horse goes well in it and it has become our bit of choice
Date published: 2011-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pick Nathe over Happy Mouth! Nathe bits are considerably better quality than Happy Mouth. They do not break down or fall victim to biting or chewing. They will last you for years.These bits are perfect for finished horses, soft-mouthed horses and horses that curl or hide behind the bit.These are worth the extra $$$
Date published: 2010-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a difference! Great solution for a horse with a sensitive mouth. He rides relaxed and responsive.
Date published: 2009-08-27
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