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post #11 of 28 Old 10-15-2007, 10:00 AM
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lol, I actually have that bit, love Mylers; the company really seems to not only care about what they make, but about educating the public about bits as well. I've never had a problem with a properly fitted loose ring pinching.
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post #12 of 28 Old 10-15-2007, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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Jofielder7 - I understand completely where you are coming from. No one knows my horse, her mouth, her habits but me, and I'm asking about bits. I think its more along the lines "should I or shouldn't I? As I'm still relatively new to horse ownership.

Sara-I do like the Myler bits because they explain EVERYTHING. And they're like "if your horse doesn't know anything, get them the level ones and if you need to, move up" I was originally going to a plain old snaffle, but after reading about the Myler bits, I think the low port would be best.

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post #13 of 28 Old 10-20-2007, 01:25 AM
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I think myler bits are wonderful, the level 2 low port western dee worked wonders on my young tb when we started to retrain him in jumping. However they are very expensive to i'd take advantage of a try then buy program. Just to state my personal opinion a bit is only as harsh as the hands that are holding the reins. You WILL NOT make a horses mouth hard in any bit if you are riding properly. However I do believe some bits are useless in training such as kimberwicks because they only serve to make a horse stiff through its jaw. I personally don't like riding young horses in loose rings because they need something more stable so they can learn to reach towards the bit. I started my horse in a mullen mouth eggbut, you may not need to go that extreme I would do a french link copper dee, better if you can find one of the round lozenge type middle ones.
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However I do believe some bits are useless in training such as kimberwicks because they only serve to make a horse stiff through its jaw. I personally don't like riding young horses in loose rings because they need something more stable so they can learn to reach towards the bit.
My horse was started in a kimberwicke and when I got a loose ring, she was a little better, but not really. It was like she had no idea what to do. I got the loose ring because I believe she is above the bit and when I talked to the person at a tack store, she suggested a slow twist loose ring. That's the loose ring I have and personally I don't like it at all. I feel it is way to harsh for her. And I guess that's why I only rode her for about 5 min. With it, then got off and just played around with her.

I know any bit is made harsh/mild by the riders hands, but I feel some bits are more prone to being harsher than others. I'm hoping she adjusts well to her new bit, and I'm going to make sure she accepts it before I get on her back and start doing stuff. T

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You have to teach the horse how to go in a new bit and that can take a little time. Persevere with the snaffle I would, especially since horse is a baby doing plenty of transitions.
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I would go with the Myler. If you haven't had one before, they are great, well made bits and worth the money (I have 2 Lynn Mckinseys) They have a bit try out program to test the bit before you buy too.


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You have to teach the horse how to go in a new bit and that can take a little time. Persevere with the snaffle I would, especially since horse is a baby doing plenty of transitions.
The only snaffle I currently have is a slow twist loose ring snaffle, and I feel that is way to harsh to just keep it as only that. I have the kimberwicke, but I just personally don't like it, and I also don't think she needs a complicated bit (maybe its not that complicated, but I feel its too much for a 4 year old) So that's why I purchased the myler and am still currently waiting for it. If it takes 2 years for her to get used to it, so be it. I have a feeling she was rushed into doing a lot by the people who owned her before so I rather take things slowly and at her pace, rather than at mine. Even though she does pick up on things very quickly.

I do appreciate your input as she is my first horse, and you can never have too much information.
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post #18 of 28 Old 10-22-2007, 04:17 PM
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I'm sorry, I did mean normal snaffle not the slow twist (myler is good too)
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I'm sorry, I did mean normal snaffle not the slow twist (myler is good too)
That's ok. Maybe I didn't mention before that the snaffle I have is a slow twist. If I would have gotten a normal snaffle, I don't think I would have gotten the myler. I agree that if a horse is in a snaffle, he should stay in one.
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post #20 of 28 Old 10-22-2007, 08:01 PM
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Just curious, did you order a snaffle?


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