Remembering of course the level system. The idea behind that is to bump the horse up and get more tongue relief through the levels. Level 1 comfort snaffles are excellent for starting a colt in. Level 2 is a little more tongue relief and more palate pressure. Level 3 is for experienced horses, maximum tongue relief, and lots more palate pressure.
I just wanted to make a small correction. As you move up through the bits and give the horse more tongue relief you are giving them more bar pressure
, not palate pressure. Just thought I would correct that for those not familiar with the bits. Most of the Myler bits are not known for palate pressure. Even the #33 they say has very little to no palate pressure, depending on the mouth conformation of the horse.
I really love Mylers for my trail horses!
My Fox Trotter's favorite mouthpiece is the #33. She doesn't fuss with it even if I have to use more contact than ideal (like cantering). My gelding rides in well in anything. I am slowly gathering a small collection of different mouthpieces and shank lengths, mostly off of eBay. For those who want to try a Myler but don't have $100 to spend, try keeping your eye on eBay. You can frequently get used Mylers for about 1/2 the price of new, and sometimes even a new one for 1/2 the price of new! It takes a little patience to keep up the search for the bit you want, but that is how I got several of mine.
So my favorite mouthpiece so far is the #33:
My Fox Trotter really didn't care for the comfort snaffle with no port:
She fussed with it a lot. Which is kind of funny because many "gaited bits" like Robarts and Imus have a similar mouthpiece with no port. But apparently my Fox Trotter is a tongue relief kind of girl.
I JUST got in a forward-tilt mouthpiece but haven't got to try it yet:
It looks like it should be a mild bit, but I guess I am a bit confused about how the forward tilt port functions. It doesn't have the contour their other bits have either, so I don't know how that affects the horse. So when I found it used on eBay I figured I would scoop it up and give it a try. I mean, most curb bits don't
have the contour the Myler bits have anyway, however, for Myler to design the forward tilt without the contour, there must be a specific reason. Because their bits are known for contour, right? The only info about this bit I could really find on the internet is that it helps break the horse at the poll. But any curb can do that. So I am a bit curious about how it functions, which is why I bought it to try it out, lol!
I would kind of like to try a combo bit for my youngster but they are so darn expensive that I haven't broke down and bought one. I like the idea of him having nose pressure along with mouth pressure because he is so green and not really used to a bit. I am thinking of rigging something up myself with an existing Myler bit. Not sure how well that would work though. The trainer I sent my colt to used a "combination bit" on him (probably not a Myler) and only had him going in a snaffle for a week or two before he sent him home to me. So I dunno. I don't feel my colt is 100% comfortable or understanding of the bit and a little nose pressure might click a light bulb in his head or something.