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post #1 of 10 Old 07-06-2011, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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Myler Bits - Are they really what they are cracked up to be?

Like the title says - are they really all that?

Anybody have any reviews or experiences they would like to share?

My 4 year old is in training and I would like to get him into a bit that he will appreciate. The Myler seems like it would be a good fit for my guy. And yes, I know, I have to try it out on him before a final decision is made, but I am just looking for some feedback before I go thru the trouble of getting a trial bit sent to me.


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post #2 of 10 Old 07-06-2011, 12:44 PM
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We own four. They are the bits we use.
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post #3 of 10 Old 07-06-2011, 01:00 PM
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Yes, they really are. At least the designs patented by Myler--the special mouthpieces and all. I wouldn't buy a mouthpiece that's also available from another manufacturer just for the Myler name and price tag, but their ISA bits are great.
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I know those low number ones are very gentle. However I tried one on my qh and she didn't like it. So I personally passed.

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The mouthpiece design is really genius. I feel like the Myler's really studied the horse's mouth structure well, to create a design most comfortable and effective for the horse.

I don't use one anymore now. My horse is beyond happy in his current bit, so I'm not going to change.

I previously used a Level 1 Myler. My horse didn't like it at all. They tried to accomplish "tounge relief" so much, to where the bit just hangs in their mouth, and it just doesn't sit right. He was constantly leaning heavy into the bit, trying to get it to sit higher in his mouth. If you get the mouthpiece adjusted right, then the sides were pinching his lips. If you get the sides adjusted right by his mouth, the the mouthpiece with hanging way low. Just not a good design for most horses.

If I bought another Myler, which I've thought of doing, it would be a level 2-3. It's less curved, and designed better. I've heard Dale Myler himself, say most horses really don't need a Level one, and that most are happier in the 2-3 mouthpieces.

So, I really like Mylers, I just wish I'd gotten a different kind than I did. If you buy one, I'd suggest don't go with any Level 1 bit, I haven't really seen a horse like that well yet. My trainer swears by most Mylers, and I've seen a lot of too-mouthy horses in level ones.
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post #6 of 10 Old 07-06-2011, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info. My local tack store has them so I am going to swing by there later. I see that they have a book on sale that may help me make my decision.

I don't have the steadiest of hands and have been taking lessons to improve them, so I always worry about how I am interfering with my horse's mouth. That is why I thought of the Myler bit, they seem to be a little more forgiving for rider error.

Thanks again for the input!

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post #7 of 10 Old 07-06-2011, 02:45 PM
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Yes, pick up the book before you make any decisions. It's a great read, and will really help you to pick out the most appropriate bit. My horse and I personally really like the Mylers, in fact, that's all I own, but every horse and rider is different. Some tack stores "rent" out the Mylers, so you can give them a try before taking the plunge and spending a bit of cash on them.

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post #8 of 10 Old 07-06-2011, 03:14 PM
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I have never noticed a whit of difference between a level one Myler and any other single jointed snaffle. Just my opinion from limited experience.
perhaps I should try the level 2 sometime.

I just use the same old bits; a solid copper, single jointed D ring. and a KK Ultra french link loose ring snaffle. That is all I ever use.
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post #9 of 10 Old 07-06-2011, 04:36 PM
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i absolutely love them, one of my horses loves them the other doesnt. the one that does goes beautifully in it and i can even ride him Xcountry in it. he protests in any other bit now

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post #10 of 10 Old 07-07-2011, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks all, I bought the book/dvd combo yesterday - looks like a good read!

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