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Obrien16 02-14-2007 04:04 PM

Mikmar bit?
I have a five year old warmblood mare, very forward, fiery to the fences etc. We're schooling about 3'6, and I'm riding her in a gag snaffle. My coach is away for 4 weeks, so I wont be jumping until she gets back. She told me to play around with different bits on the flat cuz she doesnt want me riding her in the gag all the time. I have a rubber full cheek that I've been using, sometimes with draw reins. She tends to get quite strong in this, and I know outdoors I might have problems in this bit. I was wondering about some of the mikmar bits....I know lots of upper level riders use them. Anyone tried them? Or have any other bits to suggest? Thanks a bunch

Raini 02-18-2007 08:12 PM

in my opinion I wouldn't use any bit such as a mikmar on a five yera old. Gag big and draw reins! hmm I think you should just use a simple snaffle and work on control rather than relying on artificial aids to slow your horse down or get her under control. Just try some lightning exercises to get her to full control with a snaffle. There's nothing more respectable than someone who can control there horse with the less amount of tack. :D

barnrat 02-18-2007 08:19 PM

i agree very much with raini...I have never been a huge fan of tack to control the way a horse looks.

kristy 02-18-2007 08:52 PM

Focus on your seat. The legs and reins should be in addition to your seat, using a stronger bit for more control only signifies a weak seat and little use of the back. To be jumping so high the aids must always be listened to by the horse.

Obrien16 02-18-2007 11:14 PM

This mare's never gonna be the quiet, western pleasure type horse. She's bred as a jumper and is just naturally fiesty and wants to pull down to the fences. I was wondering about the mikmar because its actually said to be a mild mouthpiece, it works cuz it distributes pressure to the nose, chin and poll. The problem with just a plain snaffle is, in it, she offers no flexion at the poll. This is why we've been working her in the gag snaffle. I've started using two reins on the gag, one just on the normal snaffle part. This way my contact is mostly on the snaffle piece, but I can use the gag rein independently if I need it

kristy 02-18-2007 11:33 PM

I'm not saying that a snaffle will cure her. Nor am I saying a snaffle is suitable for every horse. I don't know why people stick to that belief, but that's another story. I am saying that nine times out of ten, a riders seat can be improved before moving to a different bit. Rarely do I see riders using a deep seat and braced back in conjunction to reins and leg aid, ESPECIALLY in the jumping ring.

Bentley 03-06-2007 04:01 PM

Mikmar bit?
I just bought the short shank Mikmar combination bit. I do not have any problems with my horse, but I liked the concept of the bit--wider, flatter mouthpiece, and the action of the bit is felt over the horse's nose through the string before the bit itself is activated, so the horse has a chance to respond to a request. I have not had a chance to use it yet, but would be very interested in others' experience with it.

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