Do you like this curb bit? (Myler)

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    01-11-2012, 10:06 PM
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Do you like this curb bit? (Myler)

I've recently starting riding my horse in a curb again. I have an Argentine, but I don't like it. (Too much bit, because of the broken mount piece. Lots of pressure points. I'd rather spare my horse's tounge from the nut cracker action in combination with pole/chin pressure.)

I asked a friend what they thought I should get. They loaned me with Myler curb to try out. It's got a bit of a port (I don't know anything about Western bits, so I cannot say whether that's a good or bad thing), but I like how the sides move independantly from the middle joint. Sometime's my horse has flights of fancy where she forgets to neck rein, so I have to correct her with a direct rein.

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    01-11-2012, 10:14 PM
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I'd rather go for this:
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The bit you posted has a rather high port, and if I'm correct...I think it's not meant for direct reining at all...
    01-11-2012, 11:10 PM
The second bit is fine, but I prefer the first. Has good tongue relief and shouldn't contact the palate. Due to ISA, it's fine for direct reining as needed.
    01-11-2012, 11:17 PM
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That one has a port just a bit higher than I would like. How about this one? If I were to need a western leverage bit, I would use this one.

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    01-11-2012, 11:29 PM
The only problem with that one, Allison, is that it's just not as well finished or balanced. The cheaper price is nice, but I think I'd still have to go with a Myler and pay quadruple (even if going with a different model), just to know I'm getting quality.
    01-11-2012, 11:35 PM
The Argentine bit with the jointed mouth piece is often seen as a transition bit between snaffle and curb. Because of the joint, horses often find this more comfortable than a solid mouthpiece. It's your hands that decide how wicked or gentle a bit can be.
    01-12-2012, 12:13 AM
I like the Myler MB 33 so much that I have three. Two are 7in shanks and one is a 5. I also have the 43LP which is a higher port.

What is hard to tell from the photo is that myler's have a natural curve over the tongue which is something many cheaper bits rely on the joint to provide.
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    01-12-2012, 07:45 PM
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Out of the Myler mouthpieces, I personally prefer these. More forward tilt to it, but still with a slight port for more tongue release. Same independent movement as well.
    01-12-2012, 07:48 PM
For the horses I have now, I think they would prefer the 1st Myler bit.
    01-12-2012, 11:28 PM
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Thank you all for the replies!

I tried the bit today and Baby Girl adored it. She was incredibly responsive to the lightest touch of the rein. I never once had to pull back hard enough activate the curb chain, even when going from a hand gallop to a stop. I lifted my pinky and she responded. She backed straight and beautiful -- no gaping mouth for once. Very quiet.

I'm surprised, honestly. I thought there would be a "learning curve". The high port we were so worried about removed a lot tongue pressure. I thought the absense of that pressure point would confuse her, but nope! I think she likes having her tongue free. She was a happy pony.

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