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cloudy18 04-28-2008 10:26 PM

Myler bit question
 
Help. Not a bit expert. My husband was thinking of trying a Myler bit bc our farrier told us he switched and he has seen a difference. Tongue relief and all. We only trail ride, and hubby's horse is a 13 yr old Morab gelding, he has been in plenty of equitation training classes with a previous owner, but not with us since we got him last year. Hubby has had no formal lessons. Horse is currently ridden in a d-ring jointed snaffle and responds fairly well. He tends to be excited when we first start out and his head goes up. Any recommendations? I was thinking maybe a level two snaffle? Maybe the comfort snaffle?

Sara 04-28-2008 11:50 PM

If he's just fresh when you start out on a ride, I don't know that a new bit will help. It might just be the arab in him saying "Hey! Lookit that! Lookit that! I like being outside!"

They are really nice bits: I endorse them and I know a lot of other people on this board endorse them too. But there are also a lot of unknown factors since I don't know the horse and I don't know your husband :) They are pricey enough that you might want to ask around and see if you can borrow one to try before you buy.

Vidaloco 04-29-2008 10:27 AM

Call Myler and let them recommend a bit for you. Because they are pricey I'd hate to see you spend the money and not have it work for you.

kitten_Val 04-29-2008 12:44 PM

I was thinking about one. But after talking to people on my local forum I got SO different opinions that I decided to wait. :) You can try french link snaffle: some horses get more relaxed in it (and less money too).

cloudy18 04-29-2008 09:26 PM

Thanks, everyone. I know he'll be a dipstick when we first start out, that's the way he is, and my husband gets annoyed and also embarrassed if we are with a group, so then he probably makes it worse. I was just wondering if the tongue relief would be more humane. Also, some guy at the Expo was telling us to never use two hands to stop a horse with a snaffle bc you can cut his tongue off. Whhhaaaattt? I have never heard that. Maybe we will try to borrow one before we buy, and I should also try riding him in a ring and see how he does with the current snaffle.

appylover31803 04-29-2008 10:02 PM

I do believe that myler has a trial period. Where you can get a bit and try it out for a couple days (i think it's something like $3 a day) and if you like it, the amount of days you had it gets subtracted off the total

Sara 04-29-2008 10:08 PM

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Originally Posted by appylover31803
I do believe that myler has a trial period. Where you can get a bit and try it out for a couple days (i think it's something like $3 a day) and if you like it, the amount of days you had it gets subtracted off the total

Oooh, that's cool, I didn't know that! If that's the case, I would trial one, I think it would be worth $3 to "rent" one for a day.

Also, I've never heard of a horse getting his tongue cut off by a bit.

appylover31803 04-29-2008 10:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Sara
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Originally Posted by appylover31803
I do believe that myler has a trial period. Where you can get a bit and try it out for a couple days (i think it's something like $3 a day) and if you like it, the amount of days you had it gets subtracted off the total

Oooh, that's cool, I didn't know that! If that's the case, I would trial one, I think it would be worth $3 to "rent" one for a day.

Also, I've never heard of a horse getting his tongue cut off by a bit.

When i was looking into getting a myler bit for Vega, I saw that. I decided not to go with the trial. But i thought that was a great idea.

kitten_Val 04-30-2008 07:29 AM

Actually that's right. I've seen at one of the sites selling Myler you can RENT it for I believe 1 week for just $5. If you like it you keep it and they subtract those already paid $5 from total price.

Vidaloco 04-30-2008 08:10 AM

Has your husband thought about taking some lessons? I was so proud of mine when he decided to go. If your like us he won't listen to me :lol: See if he can find someone he is comfortable with that teaches in your chosen discipline. It worked wonders for my man :D
Mine went for only a month or so, just the basics but its well worth any amount of time.
Since your husband is less experienced he may be a little heavy handed. you might look into a bit like this http://www.doversaddlery.com/jp-kors...10066/cn/1583/
Its less likely to hurt the mouth when used by less experienced riders.


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