The creators of Myler Bits®, Ron, Dale and Bob Myler, offer a philosophy behind each of their bits. The bit is a communication tool, and to effectively communicate with your horse, he must be relaxed. If your horse is resistant, he is not effectively receiving your message and needs a different bit which lets him relax.
The Mylers have designed an entire bitting system to effectively communicate with any horse at any level of training. Based on bitting a horse appropriately through his training, the system works by releasing points of pressure and using softer bits as the horse progresses. Because of the bit variations available, the system may seem complex, but it is quite simple. Each mouthpiece is coordinated to a horse’s training which is generalized into four levels. These levels serve as a guide to bit selection as you match horse and rider needs.
There are some basics you’ll need to properly bit your horse. First, be familiar with the horse’s mouth and points of pressure caused by the bit. Second, reflect upon your needs and those of your horse. How advanced is your horse’s training? Is there resistance? What kind of mouth does he have? How advanced are your skills? With this information, you can select the proper Myler Bit. And soon with the proper bit, your horse will be relaxed, ready and willing to receive your communication.
The History of Myler Bits
Over 18 years ago Ron, a rodeo competitor and professional cutting horse trainer, realized that to get the very best from every horse he rode, he needed to communicate more effectively with them. That required a relaxed horse, ready and willing to receive a rider’s message. The end result was the patented Myler shank.
Ron’s brother, Bob Myler, was formerly a machinist and welder who was skilled at working with metals. His clever mind for engineering created a bit that offered a curved mouthpiece for tongue relief, and is an integral part of the bitting system we have today.
After seeing the success Ron achieved with the unique bits, Dale Myler, also an experienced horse trainer began using them as well. Soon, all three brothers were collaborating on bit design and theories. Dale’s extensive research into equine dentistry and equine physiology has brought an added understanding to the connection between bitting and the equine mouth.
As a result of the bits’ popularity, there are now two types of Myler bits available to the public: custom handmade bits and a high quality line of production bits.
Handmade bits, crafted in Marshfield, Missouri, offer unique bit combinations for a broad range of specific horse and rider needs, including a patented bushing system and numerous innovative mouthpieces.
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