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post #11 of 14 Old 06-16-2012, 10:30 AM
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Originally Posted by aldebono View Post
Do people use two reins for this bit?
I've only ever seen it once, in the 1970s. A rider had a loose ring W-mouth with a combination martingale (standing and running). The lower rein went throught the running martingale rings, which was adjusted quite short, and the top rein straight to hand. Stronger contact on the lower rein would have put a lot of pressure on the mouth which could be easily relieved by slipping those reins, but otherwise I couldn't see the point.

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post #12 of 14 Old 06-16-2012, 11:26 AM
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My mare was ridden in a Mikmar Combination Bit when i got her. She was a "crazy barrel horse" as well and lets just say the first thing i did was switch the bit to a o ring snaffle (which quickly changed again to a simple broken curb) The wire DOES go over the nose and it attaches directly to the rein so any rein pressure goes across their nose. When i first tried my mare the first thing she did was take off running. Once i got her stopped my constant pressure on the reins to keep her slow had her tossing her head terribly because it was hurting her. It took a LOT of retraining to get her working in a new bit but she's a lot happier.
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Thanks for the visuals guys. It helped me see just what the bit was used for. Definitely not something that I would use, thats for sure!

Its similar to what Hickstead wore a few times though, isn't it?

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post #14 of 14 Old 06-16-2012, 03:45 PM
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I remember Hickstead competing in a combo hackamore/snaffle bit contraption, which actually made some kind of sense to me. I don't know if he was ever ridden in a Mikmar, but someone else who has followed his career might.

He was notoriously sensitive to the bit, and like a lot of great and scopey jumpers, highly resented being rated in front of a fence and would hollow and invert if rated too hard in front of a fence.

Fun fact: Backers for the USET had a chance to buy him and turned down the opportunity because he was so sensitive/difficult to ride.

If you watch videos of Eric Lamaze riding him, you'll notice he manages to rate him/rebalance him in front of the fence without a lot of resistance and he got some amazingly soft and balanced rides out of him with the unconvential bit/hackamore combo.
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