Several models of Happy Mouth horse bits are the subject of a product recall in the US.
The bits are made in Korea for Soyo International Corp, of Kobe, Japan, which said it had received four reports of the bit breaking, caused by the steel braided wire in the mouthpiece that connects the bit on either side of the rings becoming frayed.
The breakages had resulted in injuries including broken and fractured bones, bruises and back pain from falls, the company said.
The model numbers included in the recall are 462172SS, 462177SS, 462181SS, 462184SS, 464123SS, 466898SS, 466904SS and 467248SS. Model numbers can be found on a label attached to the product. “Happy Mouth” is engraved on the plastic mouthpiece.
Riders were advised to stop using the bits and to return them to their retailer for a refund.
The bits being recalled are below.