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Posted on 10th Jan 2013 @ 7:00 PM

Myler Bit Features

1. TONGUE RELIEF
2. MOUTHPIECE METALS
3. RESTRICT AND RELEASE
4. HOOKS
5. INDEPENDENT SIDE MOVEMENT
6. QUICK LINKS
1. Tongue Relief/Curved Mouthpiece permits horse to swallow freely, encouraging the horse to relax. Many traditional bits lie flat on the horse’s tongue, restricting his ability to swallow, often leading to resistance. With curved mouthpieces, Myler Bits® distribute pressure more evenly across the tongue than traditional designs.
2. Mouthpiece Metals include Copper Inlay to encourage salivation. Mouthpiece metals vary between Western and English bits

English Myler Bits: Stainless Steel with Copper Inlay
English designs are based on the traditions in English tack and show turnout. Some English bits are made with Sweet Iron as well. The Mylers prefer to use Sweet Iron in all of their custom bits. Cyprium, a Stainless Steel and Copper alloy, is gold in color and available in a select few ready-made bits. It is strong, will not rust and encourages salivation. However, it is more expensive to produce so it is limited to select bits.

Western Bits: Sweet Iron with Copper Inlay
Sweet Iron oxidizes or rusts. Slow-acting and harmless to horses, the oxidation has a sweet taste that horses like and encourages salivation. The Copper Inlays in the bit also encourage the horse to have a moist, soft mouth. Sweet Iron has been a favorite for many years in Western bits, preferred over Stainless Steel, which has a bitter taste and can dry the mouth. The Mylers chose to use Sweet Iron with Copper Inlay in most Western Myler Bits because of the various properties.

3. Restrict and Release teaches the horse to relax at the poll and stay in his “comfort zone.” With rein pressure, the mouthpiece collapses inward on the bars and rolls downward into the tongue. Once the horse relaxes at the poll, the pressure is released and the horse learns to stay in the pressure-free position.
4. Hooks offer leverage with direct action type bits. This feature rolls the mouthpiece forward and downward into the tongue and bars with rein pressure, encouraging the horse to break at the poll. Most traditional ring bits only apply backward pressure into the tongue and bars which can cause a horse to resist. The bit attaches to the headstall and reins with the rein or headstall going from the outside of the bit, through the slot and fastening as shown. It will appear like a traditional ring bit from the side. With Full Cheek bits that have only one hook, it is important to use a bit keeper to secure position of the headstall.
5. Independent Side Movement™ within the mouthpiece allows a rider to isolate one side of the bit. With traditional bits, a rider is not able to cause pressure to only one side, leading to miscommunication and resistance. With Independent Side Movement™, a rider can choose to affect only one side, assisting in lifting a shoulder, or for balancing, bending and collection.

6. Quick Links: Optional Feature
Not Included with Purchase of Bit
These are very handy hooks to use with curb chains. Can be placed and removed easily by simply linking the chain and fastening around the purchase or in the curb chain hole.