Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Smrobs has given you good advise. The bit is definitely not a Mikmar. It is a curb, possibly aluminum, with a copper roller. The copper is there to help the horse salivate, while the roller is there for the horse to play with. Not only is the curb strap in the wrong place, as Kevin said, but I don't see a buckle on one side so I have no idea how it stays on, let alone be effective.
I also don't like how the reins are attached, they should be attached directly to the shafts not the slobber bar.
I suspect that a good deal of the problem with the horse's headset comes from the way the bit is set up, the type of bit it is, and possibly how he is being ridden. If the bit setup is so wrong, I am guessing that he is also being ridden incorrectly. I would also check his teeth, saddle fit, etc.
What I would do with that horse if he came to me for training, is to go back to basics and start with a snaffle. The longer he has been in that setup the longer it's going to take to undo the problem it has created. Personally, I think the bit is the tip of the iceberg concerning his problem.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
It's not always what you say but what they hear.
Last edited by iridehorses; 01-12-2010 at 08:18 AM.