Choosing a Correction Bit
I want to try using a correction bit on my horse. Which type of bits are the least severe? Which would you recommend?
Also what do you think of Myler bits. Every big tack store I've been to carries them.
If you're looking for something that's not going to be severe, I'd suggest not looking at correction bits.
Why, exactly, do you want to try a correction bit?
IMHO, the Myler bits are good...but overpriced.
I don't want to use one because I want it to correct some problem, make him stop/steer etc. I want to get one because he moves well off my seat, legs, and reins but I want to take him a step further. I have heard that they can be harsh but it seems to me that they would be relatively mild in the right hands because the mouthpiece can move around.
I have one that looks mostly like this, I like it because every single piece can move around. Just remember light on the hands, they can be very severe if used wrong
Just my own personal preference, but if I choose a bit with a harsher style of mouth, I like to keep the shanks as short as possible.
As far as correction bits go, I like the look of these not only because they are short shanked, but also because they have the extra ring for reins if you want to make it into a snaffle pressure ratio...
I also wonder about this one since it's got the myler type hinge in addition to the correction mouth...
Check out smith bros; they have a high port from Tyler Magnus on sale that is similiar to a correction, but it is slightly milder -- I use one for my head horse when roping, it really helps keep the shoulder up and can really enhance the stop -- "if" the horse has been trained to stop correctly.
I use the Bob Avila correction bit on my horse on occasion to "remind" him. It what the reining trainer used on him to advance him.
For 80% of our riding, I use a Reinsman Low Port bit (again that my trainer had recommended). I am able to be super light with it because I barely need to lift on the reins and he responds.
I do like to ride in a variety of bits here and there; I feel it keeps things fresh for the horse.
Always remember: The bit is only as harsh as the hands behind it.
Thank you very much beau159 and ropinbiker, I will take a look that those. ropinbiker- you said exactly what I want to achieve with my horse- help him pick up his shoulder better and to stop with his shoulders up- not to teach him how to do these things. Also beau159- again what I was hoping to achieve with my horse- only very light contact needed to communicate (especially at shows).
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