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post #21 of 27 Old 06-14-2010, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, this is the encouagment I need! It's hard whenever my own trainer doesn't support this, hence why I'm trying the other one for a ride or so to see how it goes. White Foot - I wouldn't be surprised if I was the problem. I was raher short tempered yesterday.

Wild_spot - I'll keep trying the Myler Just wish there was a way to tell if HE liked it. What are some signs of a horse not liking their bit? I would think it would be obvious. Also, are Myler bits good for most mouth conformations? If not, what types are they best for and how would I tell on my own horse?

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There are enough variations of Mylers that there is one that will work for just about any mouth. Tongue relief, tongue pressure, bar relief, bar pressure, mullen mouth, multi-barrel...

In regards to telling if he likes the bit - That is a hard one to answer as it differs from horse to horse! I would say the head shaking when asked to turn was a sure sign of discomfort in the previous bit. When I switched Latte from a loose ring double jointed snaffle to a level 1 myler comfort snaffle, she gave a bit less resistance when I asked for something, and she mouthed and chewed and fussed over it a lot less. Basically she seemd more comfortable with the thinner bit even with it sitting passively in her mouth.

Bundy doesn't really show any reaction to bits so I just stick with something fairly mild, that fits and doesn't rub or pinch anywhere.

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Thanks for the info! With the triple barrel, what type of mouth conformation does that mainly suit? When a bit pinches, rubs, doesn't fit etc. there will be a sore or something right? And I'm assuming the horse would show some negative signs!
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Yup, there would be sores, or hairless patches. Also don't forget to check inside the lips as horses can often get sores here that go unnoticed by a lot of people.

A multi-barrel bit has a similar effect to a waterford but not as pronounced - It would suit a horse who may have a low palate or just dislike any palate contact, and who doesn't mind a bit of tongue pressure and bar pressure.

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ok, thanks! I'll ask the trainer riding him Friday what she thinks of him in the bit. =]
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post #26 of 27 Old 06-15-2010, 09:48 AM
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Originally Posted by wild_spot View Post
Hey! Sorry i didn't come in earlier, long weekend here and I spent the day at the snow :]

Only a short one as i'm exhausted and about to pack off to bed!

I really like Myler bits. The horse I talked about and posted a photo of in the other thread was happiest in his Myler - A low port comfort snaffle. It gave him some tongue relief which he really liked.

I like the design - I'm not an advocate of thick bits and like thin bits (Within reason) much better - I believe most horses are more comfortable with less bulk in the mouth when the bit is passive. It also gives you a bit more 'bite' if it is needed in an emergency.

The Mylers also have the best of both worlds - They eliminate the nutcracker effect of a single jointed snaffle, but they also limit the degree to which the bit can collapse on the bare of the mouth (Which is one of the features of a Waterford I don't like - It collapses on the whole mouth).

There are a ton of different mouthpiece/cheek piece combinations you can try. I would suggest trying a cheek with a long straight edge, such as a full cheek, half spoon, or D ring - These will help you with turns in jumpers by making the lateral aid much clearer for him.

The only way to know how much tongue pressure or bar pressure the horse prefers is to try bits out. Myler actually have a bit rental program - You can pay a deposit and try the bit for a few days and change it for another until you find the right one - Then the deposit comes off the purchase price. It was a godsend for the above mentioned horse - I tried about 3 different bits before I settled with that one.

I hope your jumping lesson goes well!

Where the heck were you when I was having bit problems with my horse?! LOL! :]

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Ha ha, my bad, I miss threads sometimes!
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