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Talk About Tack: Understanding Bits– Myler

…it. Thanks so much

Lisa

Answer: Hi Lisa,

There is a lot of confusion about bits and many misconceptions. Many people do not really understand the difference between the two main types of bits, snaffles and curbs (or direct pressure and leverage bits) and many people think…

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Opinion Of Myler Bits

…Lisa, There is a lot of confusion about bits and many misconceptions. Many people do not really understand the difference between the two main types of bits, snaffles and curbs (or direct pressure and leverage bits) and many people think a snaffle is automatically mild and a curb is automatically…

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The Different Types Of Bits

…precisely for advanced maneuvers. Not all bits are bad, but it’s time to “Get it Straight.”

Types of Bits There are two main types of bits–snaffles (direct pressure) and curbs (leverage bits). You may think that a snaffle bit is automatically mild and a curb bit is automatically harsh….

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Talk About Tack: Understanding Bits– Tom Thumb

…reining bits, my favorites are made by Myler Bits. The jointed mouthpiece is nice and mild if it is designed in such a way to eliminate the two harsh actions. Many jointed curb bits are made with a little tube across the joint which both prevents it from poking the…

Artificial Aids: Training Tool or Crutch?

…include some quite useful tools, like bits, bridles and reins, as well as more serious reinforcement tools like whips, crops, and spurs. Also included in artificial aids are some stronger devices like tie-downs, draw reins, or nose bands designed to strap the mouth shut, to physically force the horse to…

September 2020 Letter from Julie

…social distancing). Bring your spouse or a non-riding friend for this fun, action-packed outdoor program. October 22-26 is Horsemanship Immersion—a program you’ve asked for, specifically designed for insatiable learners. This will be a hands-on, 4-day program that covers riding skills, groundwork, health, first aid, conformation, saddle fit and bits, behavior and…

October 2021 Horse Report

…all in the glorious setting of a 5,000 acre ranch in the Rocky Mountains, and the “five-spur” meals and accommodations that the Ranch is famous for. We’ll study horse behavior, conformation, ground training, health, nutrition, first aid, saddle fitting and bits, just to name a few. Can it possibly get…

February 2021 Horse Report

…from riding skills to groundwork, behavior and training to bits and saddle fit, plus health, nutrition and first aid. You’ll enjoy trail rides in the mountains on steady trail horses, and the fine dining and luxurious accommodations the ranch has to offer.

With the cancellation of all the big…

August 2020 Letter from Julie

…activities for riders and nonriders alike. Horsemanship Immersion, October 22-26. With a laboratory of over 200 horses to play with, this program is for insatiable learners of all ability levels. It involves concentrated study and hands-on practice, including riding, groundwork, conformation, behavior & training, saddle fit & bits, health &…

Episode 704 – Two Bits

Two Bits: Julie Goodnight and Dale Myler help a Western Instructor find bits to use for a lesson horse

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Talk About Tack: Fitting Curb Chains To Curb Bits

Question Category: Talk about Tack

Question: How do you fit curb chains to horses for curb bits and kimberwicke bits? How do you properly test the pressure of the curb chain?

Answer: There is information on this very subject in CHA’s Composite Horsemanship Manual, level 1, page

Dale Myler’s Visit to the Ranch; Personal Bit Clinic

I’ve been having too much fun this week taking a private bitting clinic from Dale Myler, of Myler Bits USA. Dale was kind enough to come and give us his undivided attention for a couple of days to impart a lifetime of information on bits

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The Right Bit In The Right Hands

Having said that, I think that there are many bad bits that shouldnt be used at all. There are some bits that I wouldnt use but could envision a use or a horse I might try it on. And then there are the bits that I love that horses

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Talk About Tack: Is A Snaffle Really Comfortable?

…of bits on the market and many are great bits and some are horrible torture devices that ought to be illegal. It really helps to understand how bits work on the horse’s mouth and head and what makes them mild or harsh. Most trail and lesson programs use a combination…

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Julie Goodnight Q&A: Bit Tips

…sidepieces may have made the bits look different, but to the horse, all those bits would feel the same.

Find out what professional training your horse has had. Remember that a bit can’t train your horse or create the movements that you want. Your horse needs to be trained…

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Talk About Tack: What Is The Right Bit?

…you are unsure of the difference between a curb (leverage bit) or a snaffle (direct pressure bit) do some research in my training library.

Myler bits are the only bits I’ve used for the past couple decades and there are many different Myler bits I would use based on…

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Talk About Tack: Full-Cheek Snaffles

…do his job better. For more information on Myler bits, visit www.mylerbitsusa.com.

So, in short Alice, you are right—at least in my opinion. There are so many misconceptions out there about bits and most people really don’t know why they use the bit they do, other than someone told…

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Bitter Taste

…so thick and dried-on at the corners of the mouth on both bits that I couldn’t even chip it away with my finger nail. The middle of the bits, at the joints, were both clogged up with bits of hay and whatever gross stuff had glommed on to it. How…

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Talk About Tack: Which Bit For Neck Reining On A Finished Horse?

…(and Pride)

Answer: Sallianne,

Snaffles are direct pressure bits, which are designed to be ridden two-handed. Curb bits have leverage and are designed to be ridden one-handed. Just because it is a snaffle, it is not necessarily harsher than a curb bit, and visa-versa. While you can ride…

Horse Master with Julie Goodnight, The Final Chapter

…Anyone who watches the entire series knows that through the years I changed the bits on many, many horses. We changed bits so often that sometimes we didn’t we forgot to mention it. All three of the Myler brothers have dedicated their lives to making bits better for horses, and…

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Choose The Right Reins

…Snaffle bits (bits without shanks) are designed to be ridden two-handed with a direct rein (applying pressure directly from rider’s hand to the mouthpiece of the bit). Riding in a snaffle bit with one hand causes the bit to collapse around the horse’s tongue and pinch his jaw in a…

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Talk About Tack: Which Bit To Use– The Myler MB33 Or MB36

Question: Dear Julie: I’ve been watching your show for some time now and can’t tell you how much I appreciate you! I’ve learned more from you than from a year of English riding lessons! Sad, but true. I have a question about Myler Bits and before I go on

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Issues From The Saddle: Tongue Over Bit

…has his mouth shut (as does ours), any time you put a bit in the horse’s mouth, it puts pressure on his tongue—some bits more than others.

In fact, the evasion tactics horses use to get away from bit pressure (throwing the head, rooting the reins, getting behind the…

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What Bit Should I Use?

…it is mild and a curb is not necessarily harsh; many curb bits are milder and more comfortable for the horse than snaffles.

A curb bit has a shank on each side which drops down below the mouthpiece and the reins are attached below; a curb strap (or chain)…

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High Headed Pony

…(a convex-shaped bridge in the middle of the bit that allows the tongue relief). A ported bit might look like something that will cause your horse to feel more pressure, but in reality, the design allows the tongue to relax. I’ve used Myler Bits for years and have found that…

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Tongue Trouble

…There’s no one magic answer or one bit that’s best. I’d start experimenting with bits designed to relieve tongue pressure. I make sure the bits I use don’t collapse in the middle, but rather are made to curve around the horse’s mouth.

A bit that is single-jointed and…

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Talk About Tack: Bit Placement: One Wrinkle Or Two?

…where he wants it.

I check bits in every single clinic that I teach and I make a lot of corrections in bit placement, both lowering and raising bits routinely. Another problem I see a lot (and a major pet peeve of mine) is the bit out of level…

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Talk About Tack: Snaffle To Curb

…snaffle does not mean it is mild and a curb is not necessarily harsh; many curb bits are milder and more comfortable for the horse than snaffles.

A curb bit has a shank on each side which drops down below the mouthpiece and the reins are attached below; a…

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Horse Behavior: Xenophon: The Art Of Horsemanship

…kai phil oi thum}, or if {… oi thil kai th.} transl. “the more eager and ambitious a horse is, the more mettlesome he will tend to become.”

Smooth bits are better and more serviceable than rough; if a rough bit be inserted at all, it must be made…

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Talk About Tack: My horse Tosses Her Head, What Bit Should I Use?

…problem, unless you are going to a much milder bit.

In my experience, about 98% of the time, when a horse has a bitting problem, the rider, not the bit, is causing the problem. Changing bits, strapping the horse’s mouth shut or tying his head down will not resolve…

1006: Trainer Talk

Julie Goodnight and Dale Myler help a trainer choose what bits to have on hand for any horse.

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Correction Bit Needed?

…her pain. Once a physical cause is ruled out, you can assume it’s a training issue. The only reason a horse throws its head and resists the bit’s because the rider is hurting your horse’s mouth and/or the pressure confuses your horse. Therefore, another bit’s unlikely to solve the problem,…

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Does Your Bit Fit?

Check Your Bit Fit Most riders either inherit a bit when they purchase a horse or do their best to pick one off the shelf. But how many riders actually check the fit of their horses’ bits and know for sure if they have the right ones

Myler Curb Bit: Assembling a Bit with a Curb Strap on a Western Headstall

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Myler 3-Ring Combination Bit: Working a New Bit Over Your Horse’s Withers

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Myler Curb Bit: Bridling and Unbridling with a Western Headstall

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