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    10-06-2011, 10:41 PM
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Foal
Mikmar Bits: Your Opinion?

I keep seeing these commercials for 'Mikmar Bits'... they look... Interesting. What's your opinion on them? Do they work? (doubting... lol)

It looks to me like they're advertizing like the bit will solve all your horse's problems in life. Kinda rubs me the wrong way :/ Idk. What do you think?
     
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    10-06-2011, 10:50 PM
  #2
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Sorry, I know nothing about these bits, but I don't particularly like what I see in the photos I've seen of them. I'm not a big fan of "pressure" bits.

I do like some of their three link snaffles, though. Which bits were you referring to?
     
    10-06-2011, 11:44 PM
  #3
Showing
Love their snaffles. Both my horses go in cupreon lorenzo (one in eggbutt, one in loose rings/eggbutt combo). My qh literally refused to go in all other bits I tried.
     
    10-06-2011, 11:54 PM
  #4
Green Broke
They are marketing their bits to poor-handed riders. The cables and such are supposed to disperse the rein pressure over different points of the head and not just in the horse's mouth. That is my interpretation anyway.

They even say somewhere that it is very hard to hurt a horse's mouth with their bits.

I just sort of say "why?" Why would I even need one of their bits? I can't think of a reason. They are not even pretty to look at.
     
    10-07-2011, 12:19 AM
  #5
Showing
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Originally Posted by trailhorserider    
I just sort of say "why?" Why would I even need one of their bits? I can't think of a reason. They are not even pretty to look at.
I wouldn't go with other one though. And what is so ugly about this bit? Mikmar Bit Company
     
    10-07-2011, 01:20 AM
  #6
Trained
I think trailhorserider is referring to their curbs. Their snaffles look perfectly normal, but the curbs are just..scary looking. Like this: Mikmar Bit Company O.o
     
    10-07-2011, 03:13 AM
  #7
Showing
KV, I don't think anyone has taken issue with their normal looking bits like the one you linked. It's those spadecurbahack monstrosities that really bother me.

Their way of advertising those really reminds me of SH8 and his adamant blathering about how his "bridle" can cure whatever problems you have with your horse, no actual training needed :roll:.

Frank Evans actually said in one of their commercials, while holding this bit, "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." I'm sorry, but you know what? That little tiny string across his nose is going to hurt if you put any pressure on it at all and you're talking about people with crappy hands using this bit? Wth is wrong with that picture ? I guess he did get one thing right though, they may not be able to mess up his mouth, just ignore the blood he's got running down his nose from where the string cut him:roll:.

IMHO, any self proclaimed horseman who would say something like that needs to have the bejeebees knocked out of him. I always kinda figured that the idea was to teach better hands, not just slap a contraption on their head that makes it painful to fight or resist and then just keep yanking.
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    10-07-2011, 09:18 AM
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Showing
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
KV, I don't think anyone has taken issue with their normal looking bits like the one you linked. It's those spadecurbahack monstrosities that really bother me.
I know, smrobs. I was somewhat overreacting, but it bothers me when people start to talk about "Mikmar" bits (referring to the brand, not specific types of bits). Their combination bits (whatever they call it) - yes, they look scary IMHO, and I wouldn't use one on my horse. But their snaffles are awesome - better than Korsteel, or even those twice more expensive KK Ultra bits. What I'm trying to say "generalization" is not always a good thing, so I was just trying to be on fair side if someone with no knowledge about it start reading the thread.
     
    10-07-2011, 10:04 AM
  #9
Foal
...I'm just hating on the "TRAINING" "four point pressure" bit. I can't get past the long shanks, super high port mouthpiece, and the weird noseband thing... Just screwed up. NO horse should be trained in this. I strongly believe in good 'ol simple snaffles.
NOT this weird contraption.
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    10-07-2011, 11:40 AM
  #10
Showing
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Originally Posted by RunJumpRide    
...I'm just hating on the "TRAINING" "four point pressure" bit. I can't get past the long shanks, super high port mouthpiece, and the weird noseband thing... Just screwed up. NO horse should be trained in this. I strongly believe in good 'ol simple snaffles.
NOT this weird contraption.
Runs, I'll try to dig out the similar discussion on my local forum. But I (kinda) remember people really swear by those strange bits. Again, I wouldn't use one, but I wonder what was the reason to come up with them in 1st place.
     

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