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post #1 of 8 Old 03-13-2010, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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Mikmar bits anybody?

I am thinking of moving my horse from a snaffle to something which will give her more impetus to carry herself more. A friend pointed out a magazine ad for Mikmar bits which I had never heard of. Has anyone heard of or used a Mikmar bit?
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-14-2010, 01:18 AM
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It may be a heat up discussion again. You can search forum - Mikmar bits were brought up certainly not once. :)

To your original question... I use Mikmar bit on Jemma and out of 5 or 7 I tried she liked this one the most. It also comes in size hard to find (5 1/4 for the eggbutt). Here is the one I use: Mikmar Bit Company

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Well they look good but going from this to that seems a bit difficult but then again I am no expert. Well good luck
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EEeeek! That is an intimidating look for a bit! Actually I wasn't really thinking of buying one. I just happened to stumble across their ad in a magazine. Naturally in the advert they were the best thing ever invented and I was just curious to see if anyone had some personel experience with them. If I had recieved a hundred posts all saying how great they are I might have considered trying one.
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That bottom bit does look intimidating but when you really look at it, its pretty mild. I don't understand the reason for the bit keepers though, maybe to prevent any pinch on lips. Very much a gag action. The horse is going to hold that mouthpiece while the curb chain is going to do the cuing. The last action is on the mouth, collapsing on the tongue then the side of the bars.

I've been reading books on the effects of bits can you tell

Oops I forgot to comment on the Mikmar
when you compare their snaffle to a regular snaffle, the Mikmar is going to be much milder on the bars and tongue. Any time you have a larger/wider area its going to be less sever than a narrow one.
This Mikmar is a much nicer bit than any narrow mouthpiece

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post #6 of 8 Old 03-14-2010, 07:31 PM
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Folks, I said it before and say it now. Mikmar is NOT just those huge funny bits. They have number of very VERY nice traditional snaffles. Mikmar snaffles with lorentzo are awesome for the price. They are much better then say Korsteel and very similar to KK Ultra in shape and material (and cheaper). Those huge bits... Well... I don't know. But some people on my local forum use them and love them.

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post #7 of 8 Old 03-21-2010, 12:28 AM
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I've used the curved short shank and it does encourage them to drop their head but it didn't help him move correctly. His back was still hollow and he was breaking at the 3rd vertebra instead of moving from behind and breaking at the poll.

So, it doesn't really do what they advertise it to do. You still, believe it or not, need proper riding for that.
(Not insinuating that you're a bad rider)

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post #8 of 8 Old 03-21-2010, 12:41 AM
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At the barn I ride at, we have a 13 or so year old QH who was usually ridden in a snaffle-mouth curb with four inch shanks. He HATED it. Every time you tried to turn, he just blew up on you. Tossed his head, ringed his tail, braced... We tried him in a snaffle again, but he hated it just as much.

Someone recommended me try a classic Mikmar bit. It puts pressure on all areas (Tongue, chin, poll, nose, etc.), and Cody seemed to appreciate it. He acted lovely with it. He likes it a lot more than his other bits.

Actually, we put this curb back in last week to see if it was really the bit that helped, and he turned right back into old Cody. Definitely hates that curb; loves the Mikmar.
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