Myler Horse Bits Info
The Myler System
The Myler brothers developed their bitting system to create a gentler, more effective way of communicating with horses. Using an anatomically comfortable bit that gives clear signals appropriate for the training level of each horse is fundamental to successful training and good horsemanship.
Recognizing the Signs of Resistance
Horses resist the bit to find more tongue relief. These Signs of Resistance are most often associated with the bit:1. Going behind the bit2. Going above the bit3. Overactive mouth: gaping4. Overactive mouth: tongue out of the mouth, drawing the tongue into the throat5. Overactive mouth: tongue over the bit6. Rooting/leaning on the bit, running through the bitWhen your horse is resisting the bit, you need to find a bit that gives him more tongue relief than the bit you are currently using. The Myler Levels match your horse with a mouthpiece that can offer him the comfort he deserves while giving you the communication and control that you need.
The Myler level of your horse is based on his disposition and experience. It's a graduated system, meaning that as he learns, he earns more tongue relief. When your horse resists the bit, go softer not harder.Level OneAppropriate for the novice horse, just beginning training, with a challenging disposition. Riding in a discipline, that restricts bits to a single-jointed mouthpieceBits: Rotates on the tongue to apply tongue pressue Collapses to form a "U" instead of a "V", protecting lips and bars from being pinched Curves to allow more room for the tongue, protects the lips and bars from being pinched Independent Side Movement (ISM) on most mouthpiecesLevel TwoAppropriate for a young or green horse, just beginning training, with a steady disposition. Or older, just beginning training, training for a new discipline, or retraining after a long lapse. Riding in a Level 1 mouthpiece and showing resistanceBits: Offers tongue relief with either a small port or flexible mouthpiece Rotates on to the tongue to apply some tongue pressure Collapses to form a "U" instead of a "V", protecting lips and bars from being pinchedLevel Two-ThreeAppropriate for a horse with basic training, good disposition and self-control. Or Advanced training but a challenging disposition - anxious, aggressive, or fearful. Riding in a Level 2 mouthpiece and showing resistance.Bits: Ported, offering more tongue relief than Level 1 or 2 Correctional mouth pieces that apply some tongue pressure or curb mouth pieces that apply little tongue pressure Uses more bar, poll, chin pressure than Level 1 or 2 Curves to allow more room for the tongue Options with or without ISMLevel ThreeAppropriate for a performance horse with advanced training and a solid disposition. Or an experienced trail horse with a solid/trustworthy disposition. Riding in a Level 2-3 curb bit and showing resistance.Bits: Curb bits with wider ports for maximum tongue relief, little to no tongue pressure Uses primarily bar, poll and curb pressure Curves to allow more room for the tongue Options with or without ISM
How to Measure
To measure your horse accurately, you will need a wooden dowel or the handle of a wooden spoon.1. Insert the dowel in your horse's mouth where the bit would normally sit.2. Wait until the horse relaxes his mouth and stops chewing the dowel.3. Mark the dowel on each side of the the face, where the lips end.4. Remove the dowel and measure between the two marks.
Myler Bit Features
1. Curved Mouthpiece - The distinctive curve creates more room for the tongue to pass under the bit so the horse can swallow more freely. Although Level 1 mouthpieces have a more pronounced curve, all Myler mouthpieces are curved to some degree.2. Independent Side Movement - The barrel in the centre acts as a bushing, allowing each side of the bit to move independently of the other. When you lift one rein, only one side of the bit moves, giving the horse a very clear signal. Provides excellend shoulder control as well as lateral flexion.3. Modified Snaffle Cheeks - "Hooks" - The "hooks" which are slots (English Dee or Eggbutt) or rings (Western Dee) that keep the bridle fixed in place and create two rein positions. Attach the reins directly to the ring (a) for standard direct rein action or to the hook (b) to lift the cheek and use the Independent Side Movement, adding little to no leverage. The English Dee and Eggbutt also have a hole on the top of each cheek (c) for a curb chain so you can transition from direct rein to indirect rein without changing the bit or increasing the leverage.4. Patented Independent Swivel Cheek - The purchase of the cheekpiece moves independently of the shank so the purchase can flex when the shank moves, preventing it from digging into the horse's cheek when the reins are engaged. This feature is currently offered on the Myler Combination Bits.
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