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post #1 of 10 Old 01-10-2009, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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Mikmar Bits

Anyone use these, or know of anyone who has?

I was watching a thing on RFDtv last night, and they did a thing on there about the mikmar. I thought it looked kind of interesting, as the bit not only applies pressure to the mouth, but the nose, chin and poll.

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post #2 of 10 Old 01-10-2009, 09:32 PM
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My husband drools every time he watches that. He wants one really bad, but we haven't bitten the bit yet. I'll let you know if we ever try one.

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post #3 of 10 Old 01-11-2009, 01:04 PM
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I saw those at a tack store and couldn't believe how thick the mouthpiece was.

I did contact the company to help me find a bit, but after they sent me back 1 e-mail (and I replied) I haven't heard from them since.

If they weren't so expensive I would try one out, but I can't justify spending that much money on a bit.
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post #4 of 10 Old 01-11-2009, 02:49 PM
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I've seen them before, but I don't have any personal experience with them. However, I do agree with you Appy- the mouthpieces are very thick! :O

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post #5 of 10 Old 01-13-2009, 02:29 PM
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I have a friend who just bought one (not sure which one) and he worked cows all day yesterday with it on a very light-mouthed horse who is heavy on the forehand. He liked the way she worked in it, soft, responsive, light and better balanced. I haven't used one or seen one used but I am thinking about it. I wish they were cheaper!!

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post #6 of 10 Old 01-15-2009, 07:40 PM
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I don't really know all that much about bits, but doesn't any leverage bit with a curb strap/chain act on poll and chin as well as nose and mouth?

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post #7 of 10 Old 01-15-2009, 08:15 PM
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Bobbie, as I said... the "original" Mikmar bits basically are a combination between a gag, curb, and port bit. Some horses will feel very constrained with that type of bit.
We carry them at my store, and the mouthpiece is VERY very thick. Again, a benefit for some horses, and a deterrent for others.
I would HATE to see these bits in the hands of a green beginner (I am not saying anything about anyone here, but rather for anyone who reads this) as I do think it's a more severe bit than others. Having said that, I would like to try it myself just to get a real sense of it.
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post #8 of 10 Old 01-15-2009, 11:21 PM
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I have used one before, the horse was super super hot and sensitive and did not like anything other than a snaffle. Shockingly enough, he liked the mikmar bit. I think since it activated other pressure points it helped to get his attention. After looking at the website, I think the one we used was the combination bit. I wanted to show in it, but unfortunately I could not show in that one (that was the only one we had). While the mouth piece is thick, it is very very lightweight.
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post #9 of 10 Old 01-16-2009, 12:45 AM
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I haven't personally used one but know quite a few people who do and love them. They're particularly popular in the jumper ring. If I remember correctly some of them are great for really hot but sensitive horses (like what saddleup mentioned) who need to be held back but are too sensitive for a harsh bit. I hear they're not nearly as severe as they appear to be, but at the same time I wouldn't recommend one to anyone but a rider with soft independent hands.
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post #10 of 10 Old 01-16-2009, 01:43 AM
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Actually I am using one right now just on the flat with Joe. My trainer gave it to us to use, it is like a $200 dollar bit i think. I cant say Joe hates it or loves it, hes stubborn to begin with but it is only a temporary bit, we are just using it for a little while. We usually only ride in it about 3x a week becuase i want to give Joe a break from it. The one i use is attached to a normal bridle with an extra nose band thing bellow the normal noseband that is rope like that is attached to the bottom reins (there are double reins) and I am told the bottom rein acts more like a hackamore and puts pressure on the poll and not the mouth. I usually start off with a looser rein to get him warmed up then i will make it a little shorter and add more leg pressure to get him in a nice frame (he is still learning and gaining the right muscle) but it really has helped him get more under himself because he is heavily on his front end and nothing I have done has helped him except this bit. I agree this bit is a lot hasher than other bits like a snaffle and should only be used when the rider knows how to properly use it.
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