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post #11 of 38 Old 03-30-2013, 09:08 PM
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I do have one exactly like the one puck posted, I'd be happy to mail it to you for the cost of shipping if you wanted to try it. It's just sitting in my tack room :)
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HUGE HUGE kudos to you for recognizing the change that needed to take place, and not blaming the horse! That being said, the fact that you are already reschooling (sorry I didn't know that in the first place!) speaks volumes to your interest in bettering yourself and your horse :) That being said, I do really like Myler bits, I think a level 2 could really compliment what you are doing with the circles/figure eights/etc. Would incorporating cavaletti/low jumps while doing that help him start to associate relaxing while going over something? I just think starting low so that it didn't feel like a real jump to him might help gradually transition him to real jumps, as there will be mental barriers to break through too, which I'm sure you know already.
Trust me, I tore myself up over hurting my horse so much. At one point I was writing a sale ad so I wouldn't hurt him anymore. I was probably 12 when I realized how bad I was with my hands, and as soon as I realized how much I was ruining him, I just got off and sobbed for a good 30 minutes with him sniffing my helmet and nudging me, trying to get me up. After that I promised him I would fix my problem. I fully recognize that all the problems now are my fault, and only can be fixed by me.

Right now we are doing lines of poles, just trotting. He started relaxing down into the bit yesterday and asking to lower his head more! At one point, it seemed as if we were drifting around the arena connected as one, how we used to. By far the most encouraging thing I have ever felt!
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I do have one exactly like the one puck posted, I'd be happy to mail it to you for the cost of shipping if you wanted to try it. It's just sitting in my tack room :)
I am actually fairly certain my neighbor has one very similar to the one Puck posted! Thanks for the offer though :) Plus the local tack shop has so many of these bits in the used section for like $2!
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post #14 of 38 Old 03-30-2013, 09:41 PM
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Any other reasons why you don't like the elevator bits? They really aren't very harsh at all and probably cheaper than a Myler you'll find at the tack shop. That's just my advice anyway.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #15 of 38 Old 03-30-2013, 09:41 PM
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Wow I've yet to see a Myler for $2! You could make some money buying them cheap and selling them online!
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Wow I've yet to see a Myler for $2! You could make some money buying them cheap and selling them online!
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All these "used" bits I tell you (; I found a full cheek, smooth mouth, single break snaffle at the tack shop for like $3! I think I might just become a bit collector!
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Or we could start a bit rental company, haha!
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Any other reasons why you don't like the elevator bits? They really aren't very harsh at all and probably cheaper than a Myler you'll find at the tack shop. That's just my advice anyway.
Money isn't really a concern to get a good bit.

I don't really like anything that moves up in his mouth. I had a 1/4" Short Gag Big by Professional's Choice, and I only used it for barrels to lift his shoulder around the turns. I purposefully kept it low in his mouths, for even when I pulled the reins, the gag wouldn't be really doing anything.

This might sound kinda stupid, but he gives too much with a bit with a lot of gag action. With only a 1/4" he would tuck his head to his chest, and I certainly don't want that. In my original post I meant to put that I want a bit or combination that focuses less on his mouth, and more on his nose and head.

I could be completely wrong on how the elevator bit works, but from how the 1/4" gag worked, I can imagine they work similar.
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Or we could start a bit rental company, haha!
Probably good money in it too!
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Probably good money in it too!
Unheard of in the horse world, haha
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