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  • Trying out a new bit but horse \ doesn't seem to like it
  • Myler bits for a horse that doesn't like tongue pressure

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    10-01-2011, 05:50 PM
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Foal
I want to try a new bit, need suggestions

I have a Quarab gelding that I ride. (Don't own or even lease.) To me he is a brilliant horse, to others he's a "brat". I personally feel he is a horse you must gain respect from and ASK to do something, rather than get at him and tell him to do it.

Anyways, he is in a plain, straight snaffle bit. Has been for as long as I've known him. (Over a year.) I have soft hands & like to use that softness on him, but too many other riders have bullied the heck outta his mouth to where I have to put what I feel is too much pressure on him for him to respond. (I don't have to yank, pull, etc., just more pressure than I would like.) He also (in my opinion) doesn't seem to like the tongue pressure on him.

He's a horse that likes a little space. I'd like to try him on a bit that will give him more even pressure (I ride 2 handed in Hunter Pleasure flat), will give him a tad more pressure than the straight snaffle so I can use quiet hands on him (I will be the only one riding him in it, beginners will still get the basic snaffle so his mouth won't harden to it), and will allow freedom of his tongue.

Any suggestions? Thanks!
     
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    10-01-2011, 08:06 PM
  #2
Green Broke
I'm guessing you mean a mullen mouth? Try a single jointed or broken bit to take the pressure off of his tongue while still being gentle.
     
    10-01-2011, 08:33 PM
  #3
Green Broke
I have some that don't care for a jointed bit but work well in this bit. It works the same way as a regular snaffle but doesn't fold over on itself & it still has individual side action.
     
    10-01-2011, 09:04 PM
  #4
Foal
What is the name of that bit? It looks interesting and I would like to see if it's something for him. I like that it's off his tongue but also not harsh.
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    10-01-2011, 09:29 PM
  #5
Green Broke
Look at Mylar website. They can guide you to the bit with the age and experience of the horse
     
    10-01-2011, 09:53 PM
  #6
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Originally Posted by natisha    
I have some that don't care for a jointed bit but work well in this bit. It works the same way as a regular snaffle but doesn't fold over on itself & it still has individual side action.
Does that come in pony sized? Oh please say yes.
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    10-02-2011, 08:00 AM
  #7
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by twogeldings    
Does that come in pony sized? Oh please say yes.
Yes, If this is pony size


Myler English Dee MB 01, Size 4 1/2"

Her's a link to their website
Toklat - Horse Tack - Saddle Pads - Horse Riding Apparel - Myler Bits
     
    10-02-2011, 10:54 AM
  #8
Green Broke
It's worth talking to the owner, it's not an overly common bit so there is probably a reason he's in that instead of a more standard snaffle.

I've heard great things about the Myler bits - but the only way to really know if a bit works with a particular horse is through trial and error - and the Myler bits are a little too pricey for that.
     
    10-02-2011, 12:30 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by Saskia    
It's worth talking to the owner, it's not an overly common bit so there is probably a reason he's in that instead of a more standard snaffle.

I've heard great things about the Myler bits - but the only way to really know if a bit works with a particular horse is through trial and error - and the Myler bits are a little too pricey for that.
I would have to disagree with this. If you know how a horse's mouth is shaped, how the bits work, and what your horse needs to be cued on as well as what they like, then it's not a problem.

For example, I know I don't want tongue pressure, I would like to work off his palate & bars, and therefore cancels a lot of bits out for me. I also know I don't want to put him in a curb because we do Hunter Pleasure and you ride in snaffles or kimberwicks. I also know he isn't hard in the mouth, just needs something with a little more pressure & different positioning than his other bit so he understands when he rides with me, it's work, when he rides with them, they're them. Because beginners are constantly mixing cues up with him, a loose ring snaffle or eggbutt would probably best fit him so while I'm riding him I can separate cues clearly so he can understand what is asked of him better instead of being confused all the time.

Therefore I am looking at;
1. A ported snaffle.
2. Gives more pressure to his palate & bars than tongue.
3. A thinner snaffle to create that little more pressure.
4. Has a loose ring or even an eggbutt.

From there I have to find what bit that matches, figure out what metal I want it in, and see which one best fits my horse (size wise) as well as my budget.

I think you just have to really assess your situation and what your goals are first. Too many people think, "Well maybe we could do better?" then fiddle around with a million bits until they see a better result. That's just silly! I believe if you feel you can do better with a different bit, figure out why then decide from there the direction you want to take.

Of course, once you narrow it down, you may need to try out 2-3 different kinds to get just that perfect one. But I believe we are discussing the horse people that purchase 10 different bits to decide which one then dabble a bit in that section of bits with 2-3 more until they find the best fit, correct?
     

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