Any thoughts on this bit?
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Western Riding

Any thoughts on this bit?

This is a discussion on Any thoughts on this bit? within the Western Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category
  • Tom thumb bit outline
  • Closest myler bit to a tom thumb

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    12-27-2009, 06:23 PM
  #1
Showing
Any thoughts on this bit?

I got this bit for Saro as I was transitioning her from a snaffle after she learned neck reining last summer. Its a Myler level one with their comfort snaffle. If your not familiar with that, it doesn't break like a normal snaffle only a partial sort of bend to put less pressure on the bars than a normal snaffle.
My husband says I might as well be using a Tom thumb bit. Since it doesn't break like a normal snaffle I say he's wrong. Please settle the argument.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg myler bit.jpg (11.3 KB, 103 views)
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    12-28-2009, 01:33 AM
  #2
Weanling
Myler bits are awesome because they don't really work like other bits so I would have to agree with you!
     
    12-28-2009, 01:38 AM
  #3
Trained
Any bit will do if YOU will do. It looks fine to me. The problem I have with Tom Thumbs is that they usually have straight shanks. The horse can mouth these and grab them with thier teeth and it looks stupid but a lot of horses go well in them. I think the Myler bits are a gimmick but probably not as bad as some others. If your horse is properly prepared then it shouldn't matter too much what goes in thier mouth.
     
    12-28-2009, 08:38 AM
  #4
Green Broke
I have to agree with your hubby on this one. Though the snaffle action is muted, it is still there, and the bit does have a shank, so you might as well call it a "gentler" Tom Thumb with a brand name....

But I also say that if it is what you want to use, and you know how to use it, go for it.
     
    12-28-2009, 09:04 AM
  #5
Started
Bits and Bitting - Oh my, we humans could talk about the merits and the demerits all day. The only way to find out if something works is to ask the horse - try it and see if it achieves the results you are expecting of it. But watch the horse carefully at the same time.

My mare wears a very expensive level one Myler - a bit for English riding "on the bit" and it works well. Her nose comes down and she is "on the bit" with a rounded outline.
However it has taken her only a couple of weeks to work out how to evade it - so we have fitted a flash band to keep her mouth closed.

We are waiting for round 3.

B G
     
    12-28-2009, 09:38 AM
  #6
Showing
That bit is very far removed from a Tom Thumb. It is a short shanked/ratio Billy Allen and is comparatively mild as far as shanked bits are concerned. It is very similar to one that I've been using successfully for over a dozen years.

Bit 001.jpg

A true TT has a straight shank, without the barrel in the center which restricts movement, and is rather unbalanced. You are in the right this time and Tony is in the wrong - sorry Tony.
     
    12-28-2009, 09:58 AM
  #7
Weanling
The bit in the OP is so not anything close to a Tom Thumb. The Myler bit is a much better choice. It will not/cannot collapse & cause the nutcracker action that is so detrimental of the TT.
     
    12-28-2009, 11:47 AM
  #8
Showing
"You are in the right this time and Tony is in the wrong - sorry Tony."

I need to have that framed. I am so seldom right
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
thoughts on martingale hiwaythreetwenty Horse Tack and Equipment 11 10-07-2009 11:45 PM
YOUR thoughts? Fogged-In Horse Talk 4 07-10-2009 05:58 PM
what are your thoughts? -xx-sally-xx- English Riding 8 07-24-2008 04:06 AM
having second thoughts again...arg SonnyWimps Horse Riding 8 05-12-2008 01:09 AM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:24 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0