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post #1 of 5 Old 09-24-2011, 02:00 AM Thread Starter
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Mikmar Bits

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I personally am so sick of seeing the commercials. I saw one where they took a green horse out of the snaffle and put him in this big shank thing....I don't remember exactly which one it was...But ew. Why would you do that? If the horse I green...He should stay in the snaffle.

End of commercial rant. XD

Has anyone used these bits before?

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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Mikmar has NICEST snaffles I ever tried. Both my horses go in this (one loose rings, one eggbutt) Mikmar Bit Company. They like them more than super-puper expensive KK Ultra!

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Sorrel, I am with you, those commercials for those stupid "combination" bits get completely on my nerves. IMHO, if you can't get what you want from a horse without using every single pressure point everywhere on his head, then there are some serious problems with the training regimen. The videos I've seen (namely, the one of the black horse with a blaze face), there is a dramatic difference between how the rider handles him in a snaffle and how she handles him in the Mikmar bit. If she had done the same thing in the snaffle, she likely would have had the same results.

Add to that, Frank Evans, the inventor, straight up said in one of the commercials while holding one of the long shanked bits "It's very difficult, even for bad hands, to mess up a horse's mouth in this bit. It's really hard to jerk him hard enough that you're going to hurt him." :roll:

Yep, that's the idea, don't bother to teach better hands, just slap a contraption on his face and keep on yanking.
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I've seen the Mikmar bits in more traditional types at the tack store, and they look like good bits. Beyond my price range, granted, but they do seem like quality bits.

Those funky-looking combination bits, though... I just don't see a reason for them. If the horse is evading the bit, find out why, and alleviate the pain or teach him a better way, whatever the reason for the evasion is. If the problem is a rider with poor hands, the money would be far better invested in some lessons than in a new bit. Their commercials rankle me a bit, too - all the "befores" with the riders doing everything possible to exaggerate the horse's "issues..."

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I have not seen the commercials and have no hands-on experience with Mikmar. But I am helping with the training and breaking--yes, breaking--of a 10-year-old, spoiled, stubborn, stiff, green, bitchy Fjord mare. The owner's eggbutt French link just wasn't doing anything. Stiff, resistant horse, hauling on the face, etc. No bend. But slap the owner's Myler combo on:



And you'd be amazed at the difference. Now she's doing half-passes across the arena, might lighter in the face, and salivating, whereas before she was setting her jaw and just pulling solid.
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