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        05-07-2009, 11:30 PM
      #11
    Showing
    Chelsss, both models if you will do have copper inlaid on the bars. The Metalab one cost me around $35 CAD. The Myler would cost me around $90 CAD.
         
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        05-08-2009, 10:15 AM
      #12
    Weanling
    Okay, thanks, I'll go to a tackshop near by and I can order one and have it on a trial to try it out.

    I'll let you know when I order it and see how it goes. Thanks so much!
         
        05-08-2009, 11:05 AM
      #13
    Showing
    Chelssss, the bit you are showing has a Billy Allen mouth piece (barrel in the center that allows the cheek pieces to move independently and prevents a nutcracker action). Myler calls it by a different name but 've been using that mouth piece in a snaffle and in a shanked version for years.

    If you google "Billy Allen Bits" you will come up with several places that sell them. Both of mine are made with sweet iron and I got the last one on ebay for ~$32 shipped. The shanked one cost me ~$65 12 years ago and is a hand made Greg Darnell. I use those bits on every horse I've had.
         
        05-08-2009, 05:42 PM
      #14
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    Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
    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!
    What I really like about it is that when the rider picks up, say the left rein, the left side of the mouthpiece "opens the door" and it makes it very, very clear to the horse. I experimented one day with that idea and I would put just a slight touch on one rein and my horse's corresponding ear turned in that direction. It was really cool to see him go "Over there?" And then when I've put him back in his double jointed snaffle I can tell a huge difference.....he's not as forward in his gaits and I feel slight tension...not out of fear but it's like a "My tongue is trapped!" kind of tension, if that makes any sense lol. But when I have the combo bit on him he's nice and forward and very relaxed.
         
        05-08-2009, 06:10 PM
      #15
    Showing
    Makes perfect sense, Spirithorse - like I said, this is the first time Denny's actually even gotten a line of foam on his lips, it's quite exciting! He has stopped doing anything stupid with his head, and has settled well into work :)
         
        05-08-2009, 06:15 PM
      #16
    Showing
    I've never used one but I like the looks of the Mikmar snaffles. They look very mild in comparison to many snaffles.
    They are wide so the area of pressure is decreased. Its like the difference between a ribbon and a thread. The thread is going to cut through the butter quicker than the ribbon.
    I'm surprised everyone thinks they look harsh.
         
        05-08-2009, 07:38 PM
      #17
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    Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
    Makes perfect sense, Spirithorse - like I said, this is the first time Denny's actually even gotten a line of foam on his lips, it's quite exciting! He has stopped doing anything stupid with his head, and has settled well into work :)
    That is exciting! It's amazing what a change in a bit, for the RIGHT reason, can do to help relax a horse.
         
        05-08-2009, 08:02 PM
      #18
    Showing
    Completely agree, Spirithorse. Although I know you know this, please note I did not switch to a "harsher" bit, simply a different mouthpiece :)

    Vida - when you see these bits in person they are very bulky. I couldn't see it being too comfortable for the horse. The broken snaffle is also quite odd, I could see it pinching a little more as well. A ribbon compared to thread is great, I prefer the ribbon, but what about a pencil compared to a broomstick? (Thickness) Just trying to offer a different point of view :)
         
        05-09-2009, 09:24 PM
      #19
    Started
    Yes, I know you made the switch to a great bit :) It's wonderful to hear testimonials like yours with something like this, it's so exciting! Lol.
         
        05-09-2009, 09:33 PM
      #20
    Showing
    Sorry, should have said "others please note"

    I am very very happy with this bit!
         

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