Bits- Myler vs. Sprenger
What do you recommend, without knowing any specifics on my horse?
Both are nice bits. I have have two Myler snaffles. One with copper, the other one as pictured..
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I have never ridden in a french link (or lozenge?). I'm not really familiar with english bits.
I have used a handful of Mylers though and I like them.
I guess I just wanted to mention that they function differently. The Myler doesn't collapse as much as the french link. It collapses to a certain point and then stops. The Myler completely pivots around it's center barrel piece. The french link (I assume) will collapse more.
I don't think you have super good brakes with the Myler pictured. But I have never ridden in a french link, so I don't know if it is any milder or more severe compared to the Myler. But they aren't exactly the same bit in function even though they look the same in the photos.
I can't make a recommendation as I have not tried both bits. I would like to though. :-)
It really shouldn't make THAT big of a difference with either one. The Sprenger is a little lighter in the mouth (By physical weight), and will collapse more as stated. However both of these bits are very light, non harsh, wonderful bits.
I haven't heard of Sprenger...but I like the looks of it. I LOVE all of my Myler bits....snaffles and curbs. Excellent quality metals, construction and make my horses happy. I have never used a loose ring snaffle because I'm always scared of pinching and don't want to have to add the guards. I would like both of those mouth pieces, just in a eggbutt or something.
I LOVE my Sprenger. It's all I ever really use.
I used Sprenger (similar to one posted) on my paint, and it worked nicely. However I switched her to Mikmar instead (similar design and material, but much cheaper). She liked Mikmar much more.
As for Mylar I tried it on my qh, and she didn't like it. Mikmar is also her favorite (that's why I decided to try one on my paint as well when she grew off her Sprenger size-wise).
One horse I know absolutely ADORES his hanging cheek Myler, as he has a very small, low-palated mouth, so he doesn't have a lot of room at all. The Myler is slim enough and has no upward/downward break, so accommodates for his little mouth.
I know 3 in Sprengers, two are in loose rings for dressage schooling, and they love theirs, and the other is in a hanging cheek, which he doesn't lean on as much and seems to prefer.
A $20 loose ring snaffle with an iron mouth. Horses seem to like the taste of the iron and it encourages salivation.
Two very different bits when you want to get down to the nitty gritty.
The Myler's got independent side action; you can rotate one mouthpiece all the way around without making an impact on the other side. This is great for picking up a shoulder. The mouthpiece is very thin and light, which some horses tend to prefer. It will not collapse at all in the mouth. The metal is stainless steel with copper inlay.
The Sprenger is a very nice bit as well, but different functionality. Its middle lozenge is rotated 45* as to make the bit sit more ergonomically in the horse's mouth. It does collapse in the middle, and something to keep in mind is that the size of the middle link dictates the breakover point - some horses prefer a shorter break point (i.e. a "berry" type of middle) and some prefer a longer breaking point (i.e. think of the Dr Bristol for the length only). It's made of a special alloy that is supposed to be super palatable to horses.
I've had great success with both bits on different horses. The gelding I worked with last went like a dream in the Sprenger, but didn't like the Myler. My friend's mare goes like a dream in the Myler compared to Happy Mouth or regular loose rings.
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