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post #1 of 13 Old 12-16-2012, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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Myler vs "regular" snaffles

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I'm going to be getting my first horse soon, and this means choosing out bits. I really like what I've seen/heard about Myler brand bits, but have never used one. My experience has mostly been with loose ring french link and single joint snaffles. I do know basic bit stuff, but I don't want to be spending 70-90 dollars on a bit that may not be great.

So, I was wondering if someone could give me more information on how the Myler brand works compared to french link and single joints, and any other information on any of the three. I know Myler is a brand and produces the other types of bits, but that's my extent of knowledge other than some of my barn friends have them.

I'll be riding an OTTB, green or track broke. I'm only looking at these bits as they are fairly mild, and I have some experience with them, or good reviews for them
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post #2 of 13 Old 12-16-2012, 08:27 PM
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I'd want to start in what bit your new horse has been riding in. Ask the current owner.
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post #3 of 13 Old 12-16-2012, 08:33 PM
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Myler Comfort Snaffle Dee Ring Bit | Dover Saddlery

I have this Myler bit. And it is by far my favorite bit to use on any horse! I have 4 horses, and all of them love this bit and work amazingly well in it.

Each side moves independently. It doesnt pinch. My horses work so well in it they get foamy lips (which is a good thing) They are soft and supple in it. It was well, well worth the money. :-D
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post #4 of 13 Old 12-17-2012, 03:11 AM
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I've heard great things about the Myler and when looking at them in person they seem great - good joins and movement - but I just can't justify spending that much on bit!

I use French/KK snaffles and they are good. If I meet someone again who has a Myler I might borrow it but I'm not going to go out and buy one if I don't need one, especially if it might not end up being right for my horse!
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post #5 of 13 Old 12-17-2012, 03:34 AM
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I use a Myler comfort snaffle on my haflinger for the secific reason that it fits the shape of her mouth and tongue and so she is much happier, I don't use mylers on any of my other horses just on the haffy so it entirely depends upon the horse, it's mouth and it's issues.
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post #6 of 13 Old 12-17-2012, 06:35 AM
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As with everything - it depends. I tried Myler, and my horse didn't like it.

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post #7 of 13 Old 12-17-2012, 10:15 AM
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I used to use mylers but stopped because the one I had wasn't dressage legal. I switched to KK bits and I LOVE them. I use it on all the OTTBs I ride (currently I own one and have 3 in training) and I find that they go beautifully in them. There is something special about the middle bean that is rotated at a certain angle so that it doesn't press up into the horses palet. Thoroughbreds have a much lower palet then many horses and for example, my horse tries to dump me the second I put anything with just a single joint in his mouth.

Long story short: I like mylers but I like KKs better.

Herm Sprenger KK Ultra Aurigan Loose Ring - 18mm - Loose Ring Snaffles from SmartPak Equine
- cons: theyre more expensive now that I look at both of them =/
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post #8 of 13 Old 12-17-2012, 10:45 AM
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KKs are very nice bits (although pricey). I had one on my paint till I gave a try to Mikmar (because my qh preferred Mikmar out of everything I tried on her, including KK and Myler). She liked Mikmar more, so I stick to it.

Mikmar is similar design to KK (but cheaper, and different material).

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I used to use mylers but stopped because the one I had wasn't dressage legal. I switched to KK bits and I LOVE them. I use it on all the OTTBs I ride (currently I own one and have 3 in training) and I find that they go beautifully in them. There is something special about the middle bean that is rotated at a certain angle so that it doesn't press up into the horses palet. Thoroughbreds have a much lower palet then many horses and for example, my horse tries to dump me the second I put anything with just a single joint in his mouth.

Long story short: I like mylers but I like KKs better.

Herm Sprenger KK Ultra Aurigan Loose Ring - 18mm - Loose Ring Snaffles from SmartPak Equine
- cons: theyre more expensive now that I look at both of them =/
This is the same bit I use with my Percheron, Ahab, but he needs a 61/2" bit. I had to special order it.
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post #10 of 13 Old 12-17-2012, 11:20 AM
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I do really love Myler bits. I do own other nice quality bits too that aren't Mylers. I don't think it is necessarily the one brand, but how they are made and the type of metals used. When you buy the cheaper versions that are made out of plain stainless steel and have no consideration for the horses mouth in shape, you get what you pay for. I think the important thing is to find bits that have the right fit for the horse with metal type, shape, size, width and severity. Myler just happens to have many to choose from and can help by letting you know which level each bit is suited for. They custom make the bit variations too. My percheron wears a 7" bit, which is a rare find by just searching the normal places, and if you find one, there aren't many choices besides driving bits. So Myler will make one to suit the horse. You definitely pay the price, but that's part of owning such a large horse and having a quality bit.
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