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post #1 of 9 Old 10-12-2012, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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wanting to change bits and get away from the tom thumb

looking at Myler bits.. I am pretty confused with all the styles .

Cody is 10 and rides western.
I bought him in june and he came with a tom Thumb.
He does not listen as well I i think he should with it.
his teeth have been done and there is no pain issue . I just think he needs a new bit.
I have tried a full cheek snaffle on him and he does a little bettter with that.

What Myler bit would ya'll suggest?

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post #2 of 9 Old 10-12-2012, 02:15 PM
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Are you planning on showing at all? Some disciplines require specific bits so that's something to take into consideration.

A bit isn't a "cure all" and it could be that Cody just needs some more training time with the full cheek snaffle. You could also try a double jointed snaffle... some horses prefer more tongue relief.
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No I don't plan On showing. He is just my pleasure horse. I just know the tom thumb is harsh and I think he would do better in a less harsh bit. I did like the full cheek snaffle but would like to look at all sides..

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I was just thinking about the Myler bits and their expense. You may want to try a few less expensive bits to determine what his preference is, and then get a Myler bit that has those features.
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that's a great Idea. My trainer b/m has beet great with helping me out. I just like to get others opinions also. Myler are expensive but they last forever. I do not really want to get a million different bits.

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You can't go wrong with the Mylar comfort snaffle. I prefer this bit over traditional snaffles. You should be able to find one for around $50, and it is worth the price. You will use this bit for a long time.
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I have primarily been looking at the comfort snaffle

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My draft mix took off on me in a snaffle on trail. Since then, I had a Tom Thumb in his mouth for my security. I don't use it, obviously, but when needed. I recently switched to a Pelham with a french link. I LOVE IT and so does he. It has the two rings (one for just using the snaffle and the other for the shank/leverage) and normally uses two reins = dressage. This helped my horse collect in the arena (BIG progress!!) and since I'm not so great with two reins, I use one rein and use a pelham rounder. I've been using this on the trail and really like it. For me though, it's a bit harder to find bits because I have to find 6" =( so I'm a bit limited.

Another one to try is the Kimberwicks. Those have two rings on them with a snaffle center and give it a LITTLE more leverage on it than just a regular snaffle.
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Id get him in a snaffel or a hack and work on getting him soft, then go from there. If you work on him a bunch and he gets responsive and soft then you can switch to a curb if you want.(Since you ride western) It kinda depends on the horse as to how resopnsive you can get him. If he turns out to just be a little heavy even after work you can switch to a mild curb or a pelham, or just keep him in the snaffel or the hack.
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