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post #1 of 27 Old 06-11-2010, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Yet another bit question - Myler bits? WILD_SPOT!


Hoping Wild_spot will respond to this...she seems to be the bit expert

So, after all this bit drama, here's an update:

I hacked him in a french link and wasn't very excited. He was heavy, and I don't think it was the right size. He seemed kind of uncomfortable, plus he does have a pretty fat tongue and I don't think he appreciated the way the piece sat on his tongue. Anyway, this is all experimental. P.S., I'm not expecting the bit to magically and correctly correct his heaviness, I'm workin on it! =]

I asked a different trainer at my barn today (she is VERY trustworthy, and my trainer has sort of lost my trust...) and she suggested a Myler. The one she gave me was a level 2 (if I remember reading correctly) and it looked like the triple barrel, or something like that. Sorry, don't have the most knowledge on these bits...that's why I'm asking you! I hacked him in it today, and although he seemed kinda heavy, it wasn't serious. I just focused on lots of transitions. I also took him out back and he paid attention to me and was easy to keep under control. YAY!

Tomorrow I plan to lesson in it, which means jumping, so we'll see how that goes. My trainer is not going to be thrilled, I didn't check with her about this, frankly I think she's getting irritated with me...but too bad! I'm curious and learning!

I'm happy to say that the small amount of things I've seen on this bit is positive, this stuff just seems so complicated!

So for the third or fourth time, tell me all you know about this bit! I'll continue to use this trainers bit and see if all goes well.

Also confused about what model of the Myler it is. It has the barrels like the triple, but I thought it had barrels all the way around...maybe I'm remembering wrong? Do you know what I'm talking about?

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post #2 of 27 Old 06-11-2010, 04:53 PM
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Like this?

Looks like a very good bit, IMO. Glad you found one he likes!
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Yep! Except my memory is blank and for some reason I thought it had more barrels...but I don't think a bit like that exists! HAHA!

Yeah I liked how it conforms to their mouth and everything. Gah, I'm so glad you like it! For once, a good bit! =]
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If your horse does good in it, then I would keep using it. It took me FOREVER to find a bit that worked well for my horse. If your trainer isn't happy with the decisions you make for your horse, then inform her that it is YOUR horse! If you find her untrustworthy then I would suggest finding a different trainer.

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Yeah I know whatcha mean kinda sucks! I'm anxious to see how he will do in it tomorrow...just don't know what to tell my trainer

But yeah he seems to like it, but then again he is the go with the flow kind of horse for the most part, so sometimes it's hard to tell. I just like that it seems to be a nice functional bit! I suppose it would be pretty obvious if he was uncomfortable though!
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I'm glad the Myler seems to be working for you :) If it works, then by all means use it. It is not a harsh bit, if that's what you're concerned about.

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I can tell you the name if that's what your looking for. If its like the photo, its a Myler mullen triple barrel mouth piece. It could have several different side pieces since that's how Myler's are sold, choosing the mouthpiece and sides separately.
That is a level 2 mouth piece. Quoting from Myler "works well for the intermediate horse. It encourages the horse to break at the poll, keeping him from inverting. The independent side movement lets the rider isolate one side and pick up shoulder. A good step up from the Snaffle, this is a useful bit for horses needing some freedom of the tongue and it offers the rider a sensitive feel."
Also says it "turns into solid mouthpiece when asking for a stop" so make sure you have a good one. I like a horse to stop off of my seat/legs and voice before I ever engage the bit. That is what a level 2 horse should know anyway.
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Thank you guys so much!

JustDressageIt - yes that was my main concern! What a relief!!!

Vidaloco - Thanks for clearing the name up, I was quite confused about that, also, great info Tomorrow I will be jumping him in it; as you probably know from reading my other threads, we do jumpers, so I'm VERY anxious to see how this goes!

Thanks everyone, this weight has been lifted from my shoulders! =]
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Hey! Sorry i didn't come in earlier, long weekend here and I spent the day at the snow :]

Only a short one as i'm exhausted and about to pack off to bed!

I really like Myler bits. The horse I talked about and posted a photo of in the other thread was happiest in his Myler - A low port comfort snaffle. It gave him some tongue relief which he really liked.

I like the design - I'm not an advocate of thick bits and like thin bits (Within reason) much better - I believe most horses are more comfortable with less bulk in the mouth when the bit is passive. It also gives you a bit more 'bite' if it is needed in an emergency.

The Mylers also have the best of both worlds - They eliminate the nutcracker effect of a single jointed snaffle, but they also limit the degree to which the bit can collapse on the bare of the mouth (Which is one of the features of a Waterford I don't like - It collapses on the whole mouth).

There are a ton of different mouthpiece/cheek piece combinations you can try. I would suggest trying a cheek with a long straight edge, such as a full cheek, half spoon, or D ring - These will help you with turns in jumpers by making the lateral aid much clearer for him.

The only way to know how much tongue pressure or bar pressure the horse prefers is to try bits out. Myler actually have a bit rental program - You can pay a deposit and try the bit for a few days and change it for another until you find the right one - Then the deposit comes off the purchase price. It was a godsend for the above mentioned horse - I tried about 3 different bits before I settled with that one.

I hope your jumping lesson goes well!

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