Mikmar bits - Page 2

       The Horse Forum > Training Horses > Horse Training

Mikmar bits

This is a discussion on Mikmar bits within the Horse Training forums, part of the Training Horses category

LinkBack Thread Tools
    05-07-2009, 11:30 PM
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.
Sponsored Links
    05-08-2009, 10:15 AM
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Sorry, should have said "others please note"

I am very very happy with this bit!

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Soft Bits vs Harsh bits? Velvetgrace Horse Training 48 04-29-2015 10:28 PM
Cleaning horses' bits - no, not those kind of 'bits' Kyani Horse Grooming 79 01-30-2013 02:07 PM
Mikmar Bits Moxie Horse Tack and Equipment 9 01-16-2009 01:43 AM
Mikmar Bits - Have you used one? Corey NC Horse Tack and Equipment 6 09-19-2008 07:43 AM
Mikmar bits? JustDressageIt Horse Tack and Equipment 16 05-19-2008 03:30 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:16 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0