ENGLISH RIDING SUPPLY WIRE MOUTH BITS FOR HORSES
DETAILS: Happy Mouth wire mouth bits for horses imported by English Riding Supply Inc. of Scranton, Pa.; sold at equestrian riding stores, tack shops, saddler dealers nationwide, through mail order and by online equestrian retailers from July 2003 through April 2012 for between $30 and $51. They were manufactured in Kobe, Japan.
WHY: The steel braided wire in the mouthpiece that connects the bit on either side of the horse's cheeks can become frayed, rusted or worn, causing the bit to break and the rider to lose control and fall from the horse.
INCIDENTS: Four reports of injuries, including broken and fractured bones, bruises and back pain from falls.
HOW MANY: About 3,400.
FOR MORE: For additional information, contact English Riding Supply at 866-569-1600 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday.