Behind the scenes at the Myler Bit clinics

  • 19 July 2001

    Myler, a US-based tack company, is demonstrating a new range of bits at a series of special clinics being held throughout Britain from 10 – 22 July.

    The revolutionary Myler bits are designed to help promote a more effective communication between horse and rider from all disciplines.

    The Myler brothers, Ron, Dale and Bob, who designed the Myler Bitting System (which is made up of 27 mouth bits and 11 check pieces), believe thatit offers a better tool to help horses relax through the jaw and therefore easier to ride.

    The system offers three levels of bits to suit the individual horse at different stages of training. It works by releasing points of pressure, using softer bits as the horse progresses.

    “The most important thing is that the horses mouth is in good condition,” Dale Myler explains. “The Myler bits aim is to make the horse as relaxed and comfortable as possible.”

    Rebecca Pattenden one of the guinea pigs riding at a recent clinic held at Merrist Wood College said: “My horse, Jack, is only four years old and although his flatwork is progressing well, he can be a little fussy in his head and mouth.

    “He didn’t like the first bit we tried, a Short Shank Combination Bit, we think maybe because of the noseband pressure. However, the second bit that Dale Myler suggested we try Jack in, a Low Port Comfort Snaffle, he settled very quickly and produced some pleasing work with virtually no head tossing.”

    Suzanna Stuart-Monteith of Belstane Marketing, the UK distributors for Myler Bits, says: “Myler bits are not gadgets, but are designed to release the main amount of pressure from the tongue and bars of the mouth. They work on various pressure points such as the chin, curb, palate and poll spreading the amount of pressure, which releases the main pressure on the tongue that often causes the horse hold the tongue up in the mouth and makes swallowing difficult.”

    Tickets to the bittingclinic cost £8 in advance or £10 on the door (space permitting)

    For more information, contact Belstane Marketing: (tel:01335 372600)

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