The Myler Combination Bit may look a bit scary at first, but it is one of the kindest and most effective communication tools available.
It spreads the rein pressure exerted by the rider over several different parts of the head and mouth, so puts far less pressure on the tongue than most “normal” bits.
Initially, it acts on the nose; poll and back of the jaw, with the mouthpiece “floating" on the loose ring and not activated at all. Each of the three areas will only feel 1/3 of the total rein pressure.
Only if the rider continues to pull on the reins will the mouthpiece engage, as it moves up against a little “stop” on the cheek ring and activates on the tongue and bars like a “normal” mouthpiece. At this point, the pressure exerted by the rider is spread over 5 areas – nose; poll; jaw: tongue; and bars, so only 20% of the total rein pressure on each.
It is particularly suitable as the first bit for a young horse, which will be used to head-pressure signals from being led in a head collar. It is also a great bit for horses who are very nervous in the mouth; ex-racehorses who have been trained to “run into their mouths” and are reluctant to come into a schooled-horse outline; and older horses who think they know it all and will benefit from a very different feel in the communication they receive from the rider.
Fitting the Myler Combination properly is particularly important to gain all the benefits of the bit. More information about the Myler Combination is available in the Information Sheet on the Bitting Information tab, and at the end of the UK Brochure.
The Myler Combination Bit is available in several different mouthpieces, most of them with 2 rein options on the shank.
All Myler Combination Bit mouthpieces are made from Sweet Iron which will corrode gradually over time giving a sweet taste that will encourage salivation. (see the Information Sheet on Sweet Iron Bits on the Bitting Information tab.)