tried a myler - is this normal? - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 12 Old 05-18-2014, 04:48 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Australia
Posts: 5,762
• Horses: 4
tried a myler - is this normal?

My girl developed head tossing in her french link snaffle so I thought I would try a Myler on her and see how she liked it before spending that much money.

I'm not sure if she likes it or not. She's not chucking her head around, at least... but her mouth has gone very hard. From soft and light in her fat french link snaffle to heavy in the Myler. Literally overnight.

The bit in question is a level 1 Myler comfort snaffle with no rein hooks. I need a dressage legal bit and it's one of the two Myler options that are allowed.

At this stage I'm assuming either she doesn't like how thin it is [it's the thinnest bit I've put on her] or she doesn't understand the different action. She's been exclusively in a french link for quite a while now and was mouthed in a normal single jointed snaffle so it's possible the action of the Myler confuses her. She has been ridden in a mullen mouth snaffle and did okay in that but was also heavy in it and because there was no independent side movement she found the muddy signals to be hard to decipher. She's a very sensitive horse and easily confused.

Other than being heavy in the hand she was very well-behaved aside from one minor issue which I believe is more to do with saddle fit [in the process of rectifying this].

I RIDE ENGLISH and this horse is dressage trained. I am quite certain I was not pulling on her. She wasn't pulling on me either, she was just a lot heavier than I'm used to. Nearly as heavy as my old horse was.

blue eyed pony is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 12 Old 05-19-2014, 07:11 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Australia
Posts: 5,762
• Horses: 4

blue eyed pony is offline  
post #3 of 12 Old 05-19-2014, 07:17 AM
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Michigan
Posts: 6,772
• Horses: 2
Putting a thinner bit in her isn't likely to cause a mouth hardness issue. Typically a horse is going to be more responsive in a thinner bit because the pressure is going to be more centered as opposed to more spread out with a fatter bit.

I know she's young, but I'd have her teeth looked at. And if she's fine with that, a vet & chiropractor visit to make sure she's 100% sound and pain free body-wise.

My horse will toss and shake her head when she is in need of an adjustment. And she is young. She also needs more frequent dental work then the average horse, and that started at a young age.

"The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with
him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too."

-Samuel Butler
CLaPorte432 is offline  
post #4 of 12 Old 05-19-2014, 08:22 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Australia
Posts: 5,762
• Horses: 4
I forgot to mention she's only just seen the dentist!

I know why she's been chucking her head around, and I'm in the process of fixing said issue. But it doesn't make sense that she would go from SO light in the fatter bit, other than the head-tossing, to so heavy in the Myler. Something obviously isn't communicating.

blue eyed pony is offline  
post #5 of 12 Old 05-19-2014, 11:36 AM
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 155
• Horses: 0
Would you be able to port pictures of both bits? That might help me think better about this.
Frieda is offline  
post #6 of 12 Old 05-19-2014, 11:45 AM
Super Moderator
Join Date: May 2012
Location: CT USA an English transplant
Posts: 24,590
• Horses: 3
It's unusual for a horse to want lean on a thinner bit because the reason most people switch to them is to stop the horse doing that
Maybe your French link was somehow pinching her and that was why she was avoiding it and doing the head tossing?
Did you buy it new? It is a French link and not a Dr Bristol?
jaydee is offline  
post #7 of 12 Old 05-19-2014, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Australia
Posts: 5,762
• Horses: 4
Pictures require effort haha!

I bought my French link second hand but it's in perfect condition and I've used it on several different horses with no protests. Definitely a French, it's got an oval lozenge not a flat link. I have another one with a flat link that I did buy brand new and she likes it but it's too big for her.

All I can think is that maybe "oh it might be getting to be almost time to buy her the next size up" has turned into "NEW BIT. NOW." It is a loose ring and I don't use bit guards [they irritate the heck out of me] so even if it's only a tiny bit small, it would explain a lot.

That, combined with the fact that she has never had a bit with a similar action to a Myler in her mouth before, would potentially result in a heavier horse while she gets used to the action. The Myler is 5 1/4 inch, and a touch large. The French link is a 5 inch and possibly a touch small... the other one I have is 5 1/2 inch and WAY too big.

blue eyed pony is offline  
post #8 of 12 Old 05-19-2014, 12:35 PM
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: NW Houston, TX
Posts: 1,360
• Horses: 2
It is possible she didn't like it, yes the mouthpiece says that she should be more responsive, but the horse still has to like it too. My one gelding if you changed his bit he was the hardest mouthed horse you've ever seen, but put him back in the one he liked and he was super soft. Same rider, same hands.

Sully ~Sullivan's Fly Supply~ [17.1 TB] RIP 2/24/14
Rio ~Camperio~ [18.0 Oldenburg]
SullysRider is offline  
post #9 of 12 Old 05-19-2014, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Australia
Posts: 5,762
• Horses: 4
I'll try her in my bigger French link again next time I can get out to ride. Life is tricky when you're entirely dependent on your mother to get to your horse and your mother is working from early until after dark!

blue eyed pony is offline  
post #10 of 12 Old 05-19-2014, 01:04 PM
Super Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 40,777
• Horses: 2
put the French link back on and test her reaction.
tinyliny is online now  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Myler bits??? LiveJumpLove Horse Tack Reviews 5 02-23-2013 01:32 PM
Myler bits artemis72 Horse Tack and Equipment 1 07-04-2012 07:37 AM
The myler bit? White Foot Horse Tack and Equipment 6 06-03-2010 06:37 AM
What is a myler bit? AussieDaisyGirl Horse Tack and Equipment 4 10-01-2009 09:46 PM
Myler bits RedHawk Horse Tack and Equipment 15 05-24-2009 07:13 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome