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    05-06-2009, 06:48 PM
Mikmar bits

Has anyone used any bits from this company? I've heard good things from them, but I am interested in getting one. I'm using my trainers myler bit, and she told me just to use it, she basically gave it to me, but I don't want to keep it, i'd rather get one of my own, and something with more Copper.

My TB has a very dry mouth, and doesnt produce saliva, so I need a bit with copper (sweet iron) and he needs poll pressure, he's not heavy at all on my hands, I almost don't need a bit in his mouth, just to show how much he responds to my seat with just a simple snaffle. But he has that TB head and wants to raise it to the sky at times, and with not enough Sweet Iron, he just doesnt respond to it.

Does anyone have any ideas for me? And if so any ideas on Mikmar bits?

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    05-06-2009, 07:09 PM
What Myler bit are you riding him in now?
    05-06-2009, 07:40 PM
I don't have the bit with me to show a picture of it, but its a simple D-ring snaffle with one roller. It looks similar to this, but my bit has a tad bit more copper on it, I used this exact bit before:, with the lines, and it didnt do much improvement, some. . . But not alot.
    05-07-2009, 03:45 PM
The Mikmars are absolutely huge and bulky. I couldn't see sticking one in my horse's mouth.
The mouthpiece is flat and long, about 2/3 of an inch wide, and then the copper roller is huge as well.
Think of it this way - I could stick a pencil in your mouth and you'd be more than happy carrying it around for a few hours. Chop off the end of a broomstick and you'd probably be uncomfortable.
The joints on the Mikmar are odd as well, I could see them pinching easily.
The port they have would act like a curb a little, I would think, as each side doesn't have independent action, therefore when you pull the reins, the port will rotate up into the palate.

All in all, personally I would stay away from them.
    05-07-2009, 05:37 PM
Ah, JDI beat be to the punch! I agree with her. Personally I wouldn't use one. Myler makes combination bits, maybe you could look into those as well. You might also experiement with tongue contact vs. tongue relief with your horse. Maybe he needs more tongue relief and that's playing a part in why his head is up.
    05-07-2009, 05:59 PM
Thanks you guys for the info, i've never personally seen a Mikmar, and I've never personally known anyone close that has used one, i've just heard reviews from the word of mouth. We have MANY bits at my barn so I'll have to try different ones. The Myler I am using now, it is better than the last one, because it has more play, and its engaging him to play and give more to the bit. But does anyone know of any websites they can show me? That has examples of different Mylers, and their use? The myler website does not have a very good description of the bits.
    05-07-2009, 06:48 PM
The best bit I have tried with Denny is this one:
Metalab Ported Dee with Barrel

The curve sits nicely on his tongue, but when the reins are activated - much like a Myler - the port does not move up, but rather the bars just move independently. It gives him the tongue relief he likes, as well as the lack of nutcracker effect of a jointed bit. It is copper inlaid as well. It's the first bit he's ever started foaming with.
It looks a little scary at first, but once again the port does not act like a curb because it does not have any leverage effect on the palate.

Myler does make one as well - the Metalab bit is a third of the price!
    05-07-2009, 07:20 PM
I love that bit!^^ I have a combo bit with that mouthpiece and my horse and I absolutely love it.
    05-07-2009, 07:45 PM
I'm very glad to hear that, Spirithorse! I was worried that it would rotate up and create a curb effect, or be too severe, but he loves this bit!
    05-07-2009, 09:54 PM
JD, Bayberry has a very light mouth, he doesnt get heavy on the hands, but he likes a little pressure. This may be the bit for him, but does it come with Copper? Id like to have atleast little slits of it on the bit,

Also how much round about is it?

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