Mouth Piece (for the horse)Design: Curved mouthpiece with low ported center barrel.
Function: Puts pressure on the tongue and the corners of the bars. Collapses slightly on the lips. Will not pinch bars or tongue. No palate pressure. Offers some tongue relief before restricting tongue. Each side of the mouthpiece moves independently.
Usage/Solution for: The Myler Low Port Comfort Snaffle is a good choice for a beginning or intermediate horse. Working off the lips, bars and tongue, it encourages the horse to relax at the poll by offering tongue relief before restricting the tongue. Independent Side Movement allows rider to isolate one side and lift a shoulder. A good alternative to the traditional snaffle, the MB04 works well for bending, Balancing and encouraging a horse to relax at the poll.
Design: The combination bit is a hybrid of a ring bit, shank bit and hackamore. A purchase ring with specially designed connectors for the noseband and chin strap sits atop a large centre ring where the mouthpiece is attached. The rein ring is attached to the centre ring. The mouthpiece slides freely on the centre ring until it reaches a stop. The standard noseband is flat leather with knotted cord on either side. The chin strap is synthetic to avoid stretching over time. The combination bit has the Independent swivel cheek.
Function: The 2 - ring combination bit uses five different pressure points to disperse rein pressure. Because the noseband and chin strap are connected through the purchase, when the reins are engaged, the horse first feels the nose, chin and poll pressure before he feels the mouthpiece. The mouthpiece can slide 1" before reaching the stop, where it will engage. The overall effect is to give the horse ample opportunity to respond to the riders rein signals, plus disperse the rein pressure over multiple pressure points rather than just the tongue or bars.
Degree of Leverage: Big Ring - No Leverage,
Bottom Ring - Mild
There may be up to 6 week wait on some sizes.
Myler polished sweet iron naturally oxidises or rusts over time.
This is harmless to horses, and in fact further encourages salivation
due to its sweet taste.
1. Remove drop or flash noseband. With Combinations also remove the Caveson.
2. The bit should sit so that only 1 soft wrinkle appears in the corners of the mouth.
3. There should be about 1/2cm each side of the bit (Not too snug)
4. Bits with Hooks – the reins and cheekpieces of the bridle should pass through
the hooks on the outside of the ring so that the leather is not against the face.
5. Attaching curb chains – the curb chains for the bits with hooks sit higher than on
a double bridle, Pelham etc. (they sit roughly where the caveson would be). The
chain should be initially adjusted so that two fingers can be inserted in the space.
Some horses work better if the chain is tighter than this.
6. Combination bits – The noseband of the combination should be adjusted tight enough
so that it sits horizontal and will not drop down and affect the breathing. Care should
be taken to check this from time to time as the leather will stretch. There should be
enough slack so that the noseband will release when the rider gives the hand.
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