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

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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 I should tell you I have consulted Dale Myler about bit selection through the Bit Assistant web site at http://toklat.com/bitting_assistant.php, but am interested in hearing your opinion, too. I’ve noticed on quite a few shows you’ve switched the horse’s bit to a MB 36. Can you tell what your experience has been with working with the MB 36 and MB 33. In particular, I was wondering how you would make the determination of which bit you would use, the MB 36 or the MB 33 Myler Bit. I know more information is needed to make a decision for me and my horse. But if possible, I’d like to hear what your experience “in general” has been with both bits, MB 36 and MB33. PS… I have your ENTIRE riding series, bit basics and many DVDs of your past shows. Heck, I’m on a first name basis with Brenda in your office….LOL Thank you so very much for your dedication to your fans! Mary Jane

Answer: Hi Mary Jane, Thanks for your loyal support!! Glad you are getting so much from the show. Check out http://juliegoodnight.com/myler/ for info about all the Myler bits and links to know where to find them. In short, the number 36 mouthpiece is designed with a curved mouthpiece with upward curve and jointed barrel in center. The entire mouthpiece is tilted forward. This mouthpiece comes into play when the horse is not relaxed at the poll, at that time it restricts the tongue and puts downward pressure on the bars. Once the horse is relaxed at the poll the pressure comes off the tongue and works off the bars. This mouthpiece offers independent side movement and is a good choice for bending and lifting a horse who gets behind the bit. The MB 33 also has a curved mouthpiece with upward curve and jointed barrel in centre. This mouthpiece puts downward pressure on the bars without collapsing on them and has no tongue pressure. It may exert some palate pressure on a horse with a low palate and also has independent side movement. This is a good choice for a stiff horse with little bend. On the show, I tend to switch to the 33 if the training of both horse and rider warrant it. I default to the 36 when the horse is well trained but the rider is not getting the horse to frame up like she should. Sometimes it’s the horse that needs a little extra motivation; sometimes it’s because the rider is not insistent enough with her hands. I hope that helps! Thanks for watching! Julie Copyright ©Julie Goodnight 2000. All Rights Reserved. No part of this website may be reproduced without owner’s express consent.