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    06-15-2009, 11:09 AM
Question Bit Help

Ok my boyfriend has a 5 yr ottb she is a resue. We love her to death and she has great ground manners but we have one issue and I need help I have tryed everything I know.. She runs thru the bit and throws her head with her nose high in the air and is hard to control. Now in the past two moths I have had her teeth done the chrio out to adjust her and a vet give her a clean bill of health and she gets no feed just good hay and nice green grass. I have tryed bit after bit.She is going to 60 days of refresher training oct her spot is paid for and waiting for her. But the trainer she will be going to suggested a myler 3 ring combo bit for us to use and work her in untill then. This bit is not cheap but that does not faze me I will do what I have to do just wondering if anyone has ever used one and they can give me a review exp with the problems I am haven. She is only used for trail rides.
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    06-15-2009, 12:19 PM
Have you tried a Mylar bit? They are light in the hand and mouth but strong when you need the strength. At least that's the experience I've had with one. I have a custom made one with a port.
    06-15-2009, 12:30 PM
Well that kinda my question. That is what is being recommened to me but know nothing about them. They are telling me to get the three ring combo bit. I just hope it helps with what are issues are. I forgot to add that I have also already had her feet done and a saddle fitter out to make sure she was not in pain
    06-15-2009, 01:40 PM
Is this the bit?

I'm not sure what to think about it. But a picture tends to help.
    06-15-2009, 01:48 PM
That bit tends to help pick up a horse lightly.. which her horse carries her head high.

This is what I'm recommending:

Myler Ported Barrel Dee Ring Snaffle Horse Bit MB 33 - Dover Saddlery.

There is also the same bit with a low port option, but considering you've had her teeth and palate looked at I don't think she needs a low port unless told by the dentist and/or vet.
    06-15-2009, 03:02 PM
Bit. I just do not know anything about it or how it works
    06-15-2009, 03:14 PM
Green Broke
Have you tried longing her before a ride? That might help her get her "sillies" out before you get on.
    06-15-2009, 03:15 PM
Originally Posted by Chavez    
bit. I just do not know anything about it or how it works
The description in the link tells how each piece of the bit works to your benefit.
If you'd like to know more try surfing the internet.

Myler Bits USA
    06-15-2009, 04:51 PM
Once a horse learns that it can avoid the bit and avoid contact with the mouth they tend to repeat the behavior. Young horses tend to either go behind the bit or above the bit and a lot of times once they figure out one dosent work they may try the other : )
Anyway you may want to try a flash nose band so that your horse cannot open his mouth to avoid the bit since you know its not his teeth hurting him. And also add a tie down. . . Not a tight one just long enough so when his head is in the correct place its not pulling but when he puts his head straight up it puts pressure on his noseband. The three ring bit without the combo gives you options on the biggest ring it works as a snaffle bit. On the second ring it will give you more leverage which puts pressure on the bars of the mouth and brings the horses head closer to his chest.
I would try the flash noseband and a tie down first both of those things are relatively inexpensive. Lunging him in a biting rig will help educate him on how he should respond to the bit. Then he is fighting with himself instead of with your hand.
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They will have the flash noseband and a tie down. Good luck!!
    06-15-2009, 05:07 PM
Taylor= Thank you for the advice
I will admit I am at a loss with her these ottb are a diff breed love her to death and she a great horse but I swear she is given me a run for my money (prob only race she ever won) ha ha they took her off the track because she to slow . The ppl I got her from said they rode her in a hackamore and that fine for on our farm but alot of public trailrides in this area do not allow you to be bitless. I ride my horse is a bosal at home and simple sanffle on rides..i prefer bitless but we have tryed the hackamore on her at home and they LIED lol she does not listen any better to that. As for lunging we do that every time we ride her we have to so she can burn some energy

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