Horse bits are not mere tools or accessories to control your horses; rather, it’s a sort of medium to communicate with them. But do you think horse bits are harsh?
I was not too fond of horse bits when I was younger as I thought it was harsh. But my grandfather told me that if I use the bits as I’m supposed, it will not bother them but help them understand my signals better.
Many equestrians think that Myler bits are harsh and not for green horses. But this idea is wrong. Myler has a wide range of products, and they are categorized into three levels for all types of riders and horses.
I have given three Myler bits reviews and a guide on their all-collection bits here.
My favorite Top 3 Myler Bits:
I have reviewed all three levels of Myler’s bits here. I will talk more about Myler’s bits and their levels in the later part.
Let’s start the Myler bits reviews with the most basic and level 1 bit.
It has all the special features of Mylar that set it apart. It is a D-Ring snaffle bit of 3 3/4″ cheekpieces. The barrel is what sets Myler bits apart, in my opinion.
Unlike the other bits, the joints in these are covered with a barrel. So, the horse is not troubled or pinched when the bits are pulled.
The barrel also divides the mouthpiece into equal halves. The barrel also allows a significant bending of the mouthpiece, saving the horse’s upper jaw and making enough space for the tongue to rest.
As the two halves work independently, it allows the rider to give clearer and distinct signals. D-ring snaffle bits are my favorites as the cheekpieces/rings of these bits are fixed with the mouthpiece, unlike the O-Ring ones.
- Independent Side Movement
- Curved mouthpiece for more surface area of the tongue
- The barrel prevents pinching or discomfort in the tongue or mouth
- Best for young horses’ beginning training
- Not suitable for undisciplined or tough horses
This is my favorite snaffle bit for a number of reasons.
The primary reason for this snaffle bit being my special is its mouthpiece and copper roller. My horse has been loving that bit in her mouth since day one.
The secret behind the mouthpieces is the polished Sweet Iron which naturally oxidizes. However, they can also generate nutcracker pressure on the lower jaw and top of the horse’s mouth if handled roughly. So, it serves both purposes.
The reddish-brown copper roller turns grey after a few uses, and that’s nothing to worry about because it has a sweet taste to horses’ liking.
This Myler level 2 snaffle bit is extra comfortable because it deflates to form a U instead of a V, protecting the lips and bars from pinching. This curve also allows more room for the tongue to rest.
11.11 mm is considered the ideal thickness, and that’s exactly how wide Myler bits are. The rider can give a clear and direct signal even while using one fixed rein for the barrel at the center of the Myler bits.
- Independent side movement for better direction
- Curved Mouthpiece for more room for the tongue
- Sweet iron with copper inlay mouthpiece
- Ideal 11.11 mm thick mouthpiece for a comfortable fit
- No pinching or discomfort for the horse
- Discoloring of the Copper
It is a revolutionary invention from Myler.
It is a level ahead of all the combination bits available in the market. Myler 33 Three Ring Combination Bit is the most advanced in this category as the integration of ring, shank bit plus a hackamore, a 3-ring shank.
This bit might look the harshest among the three bits in this Myler bits reviews, but it’s the kindest. The bit divides the applied force into five pressure points. The pressure is synchronized in the chin, nose, and poll.
The horse feels pressure at these points only after the reins are attached. The noseband and chinstrap are attached with the upper ring of the bit.
So, this bit doesn’t only focus on the bar or tongue. Myler Level 2-3 bits disperses the pressure to different areas and gives the horse enough time to respond to the rider’s rein pressure.
With all these features, you will also get all the special features of Myler bits like a barrel, curved mouthpiece, ISM, and more.
- Combination System Design and five different pressure points
- Ergonomic, curved mouthpiece with barrel
- Independent Side Movement for clear signal
- 3-Ring Shank with noseband and chin strap
- The most expensive one on the list
A small guide on Myler Bits:
The Myler group started with the three brothers and their vision of creating comfortable and high-function bits. Some of the unique features of Myler bits are:
A flat mouthpiece makes it hard for the horse to swallow. Horses produce 5 to 8 gallons of saliva every day.
Traditional mouthpieces make them resist the bit and unnecessary pain. Myler’s curved mouthpieces make ample space for the tongue to rest.
It’s my favorite feature of Myler bits that make them so distinct. Single or any joints can cause pinching on the tongue when applied pressure. The barrel equally divides the mouthpiece and also keeps the tongue safe from any discomfort.
You can see hooks in Myler’s cheekpieces to adjust and insert reins and bridles. There are four hooks in Myer 33 Three Ring Combination Bit. These hooks help to hold the reins and create clearer signals.
Independent Side Movement
The barrel and curved mouthpiece together create different half mouthpieces that can move freely and create clear signals. ISM is something Myler themselves are proud of.
Some Myler snaffle bits have a copper inlay that promotes salvation. It keeps the mouth smooth and wet. Myler Western Dee with Sweet Iron Comfort Snaffle is such an example.
The mouthpieces of Myler snaffle bits are much thinner and slimmer than the traditional bits. So, they are more comfortable, and thus the horses don’t resist.
Myler Snaffle Bits Level of Training:
The Myler snaffle bits are categorized into three levels according to the training that the horse undergoes.
Level one is for the green horse that has just started the training. All the level 1 bits focus on the mouth, i.e., tongue and bar pressure. Some also focus on the head.
The level two snaffle bits are for basic training or any specific discipline training. It also focuses mostly on the mouth areas.
The level three bits are for more finished horses. These bits focus on the bars the most.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
1. Are Myler bits harsh?
You can find all types and levels of Myler bits. So, we can’t generalize Myler bits as harsh bits.
2. Are Myler bits any good?
I, personally, love Myler as my horse doesn’t resist them, and they are slim too. But some horses might not find a 12 mm thick mouthpiece enough, so it depends on your horse.
3. What does a Myler bit do?
Some unique features of Myler bits are a curved mouthpiece, ISM, Barrel, Hooks, Copper Inlay, Slim mouthpiece, and more.
4. What are the different levels of Myler bits?
There are three levels of mouthpieces based on the horse’s level of training from 1 to 3.
5. Which is the kindest bit for a horse?
The kindest bit for a horse is the snaffle bit. A snaffle bit is a simple, mild bit that has a jointed mouthpiece and applies pressure to the bars and corners of a horse’s mouth. It is used mainly for schooling and light riding.
6. Is a Myler bit dressage legal?
Yes, Myler bit is now dressage legal.
I have loved Myler bits since the first day on my horse’s mouth. I started with the level 1 bit and gradually went up. These Myler bits reviews cover all three levels of Myler bits and all the special features of their bits too.
No matter which bit you use, make sure you are not being too harsh on your horses and try to communicate with them as much as you can.
If you think Myler’s slim mouthpiece is not enough for your undisciplined horse, you can switch to Myler bit level 3 with more hooks or leverage or first try to figure out the reason behind the resistance.
My name is Kenneth E. Johnson and I am an equestrian enthusiast. I have a passion for helping others learn more about horses and their care, and I have written extensively on topics such as nutrition, behavior, health, riding, care, etc.