Mikmar Bits - Page 2 - The Horse Forum

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 19 Old 09-12-2009, 02:26 PM
Started
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Middle-of-Nowhere, Illinois
Posts: 2,225
• Horses: 1
I don't think they're necessary and I would never use one. Some people swear by those scary-as-hell training bits, though. Oh, how in the world did the Indians and Mongols get along without them?! *facepalm*

"A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is ultimately to be at peace with himself.
What a man can be, he must be.
" Abraham Maslow, 1968
Jessabel is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #12 of 19 Old 09-12-2009, 03:40 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Brokenheartsville, just north of Styxtown :)
Posts: 2,577
• Horses: 1
So is OP talking about snaffle milkmars or evil milkmars?

Most people are like Slinkies; they serve no real purpose, but they bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs.
When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on for dear life.
Sunny06 is offline  
post #13 of 19 Old 09-12-2009, 08:29 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 11,772
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by kitten_Val View Post
Yes that was my understanding that everyone talking about "Mikmar Bits" talks about those huge strange-looking ones. So I was very surprised to see really nice standard bits in Dover. So I am trying to be fair to them saying they do have nice bits too! Lol!
Thank you very much KV, they actually look like really nice bits.


The lovely images above provided by CVLC Photography cvlphotography.com
JustDressageIt is offline  
post #14 of 19 Old 09-12-2009, 10:07 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: SW Missouri
Posts: 323
• Horses: 2
First I'd like to ask if any of you that can't stand the mikmar bits have ever tried them. If not than you really don't have any right to bad mouth them. Do you use a flash or figure 8 noseband? People say the same thing about them. That they look mean cause the horse can't open his mouth as much and whatnot yet they don't hurt the horse anymore than a regular one does. I personally like these bits. Yes they are big but they are very lightweight and slant so they barely touch the tongue at all. My horse loves them. I know that all sounded kinda snippitty and I don't mean to offend anyone but try it before you state that you hate them.
Janasse is offline  
post #15 of 19 Old 09-13-2009, 04:07 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Brokenheartsville, just north of Styxtown :)
Posts: 2,577
• Horses: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Janasse View Post
First I'd like to ask if any of you that can't stand the mikmar bits have ever tried them. If not than you really don't have any right to bad mouth them. Do you use a flash or figure 8 noseband? People say the same thing about them. That they look mean cause the horse can't open his mouth as much and whatnot yet they don't hurt the horse anymore than a regular one does. I personally like these bits. Yes they are big but they are very lightweight and slant so they barely touch the tongue at all. My horse loves them. I know that all sounded kinda snippitty and I don't mean to offend anyone but try it before you state that you hate them.
zzz.JPG

I dunno.. Long shank, long purchase, high port.. Although I WILL say: A bit is only as harsh as the person using it makes it. I truly don't see the 'great' benefits of it....

Most people are like Slinkies; they serve no real purpose, but they bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs.
When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on for dear life.
Sunny06 is offline  
post #16 of 19 Old 09-13-2009, 07:27 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 11,772
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by Janasse View Post
First I'd like to ask if any of you that can't stand the mikmar bits have ever tried them. If not than you really don't have any right to bad mouth them. Do you use a flash or figure 8 noseband? People say the same thing about them. That they look mean cause the horse can't open his mouth as much and whatnot yet they don't hurt the horse anymore than a regular one does. I personally like these bits. Yes they are big but they are very lightweight and slant so they barely touch the tongue at all. My horse loves them. I know that all sounded kinda snippitty and I don't mean to offend anyone but try it before you state that you hate them.
I work in a tack shop; I've seen them and handled them, but wouldn't ever use one.
Re: figure 8 and flash cavessons, there is really no comparison; when adjusted correctly (not too tight; though tight seems to be the fad lately) they are not restrictng.
The Mikmars have such a thick mouthpiece I can't imagine them being very comfortable for a horse; and the port/roller is really quite high.
My concern with this bit is as with any "severe" bit; people slap them on to correct a problem that should be addressed differently; I had someone in my store the other day wanting to buy a double offset twisted wire snaffle and a tie down because the horse "magikally stopped throwing its head" - yeah, because it was in a lot of pain. Not saying this is what the Mikmar is doing, but a horse can and will become quiet when it's forced into something as well.


The lovely images above provided by CVLC Photography cvlphotography.com
JustDressageIt is offline  
post #17 of 19 Old 09-13-2009, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Erie, PA
Posts: 707
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sunny06 View Post
So is OP talking about snaffle milkmars or evil milkmars?
Either. I was just wondering how many people have tried them and stuff. I was just curious.

Also. I know I'm going to get a hard time for this, but I am considering -trying- a Mikmar bit. Not the training bits with all the ropes and stuff.
The one I am looking at does in fact have a port, but it is one of their lower ported ones, and it has a curved mouthpiece. (Not a broken mouthpiece). If my horse seems to be in any amount of pain at all or if he dislikes it, I will of course stop using it right away.
I will let you all know what he "tells" me. You never know unless you try something.
Also, if I am looking at it correctly, though the mouthpiece does have more metal than most bits, it is infact a wider bit than simple snaffles. If used correctly (no jerking on the reins - obviously - and riding with very light hands), it could be quite a mild bit.

Fly Without Wings

Last edited by Ne0n Zero; 09-13-2009 at 07:57 PM.
Ne0n Zero is offline  
post #18 of 19 Old 09-13-2009, 08:07 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: SW Missouri
Posts: 323
• Horses: 2
The one I like is the d-ring with the wide port. I realized that my post earlier didn't say what I wanted it to. I am against the ones with the shanks and rope but only because its way too much for my gelding and yeah I don't see the point. But the others, if used properly are no worse than a regular snaffle IMO.
Janasse is offline  
post #19 of 19 Old 09-14-2009, 12:39 PM
dee
Started
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Seminole, OK
Posts: 1,854
• Horses: 3
I have a mare that is a bit hard to control - she is very hard mouthed. If I had money to burn, I would love to try one of the Mikmar feather bits - They have a short shanked version that shouldn't be too harsh, but would still get the point across...

Plain Old Dee, horses Dancer and Rain

I believe in dragons, unicorns, good men and other mythical creatures!
dee is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cleaning horses' bits - no, not those kind of 'bits' Kyani Horse Grooming 79 01-30-2013 01:07 PM
Mikmar bits chelssss(: Horse Training 24 05-11-2009 07:54 PM
Mikmar Bits Moxie Horse Tack and Equipment 9 01-16-2009 12:43 AM
Mikmar Bits - Have you used one? Corey NC Horse Tack and Equipment 6 09-19-2008 06:43 AM
Mikmar bits? JustDressageIt Horse Tack and Equipment 16 05-19-2008 02:30 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome