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How to Use a Myler Bit

Updated February 21, 2017

Myler brand bits are designed as training aids to help riders convey messages clearly to their horse through proper use of the bit and bridle assembly. There are a variety of bit styles that have been designed for horses with various levels of training and skills. Each Myler bit is marked with a designated level. The key to using Myler bits is to determine the correct Myler bit for your horse and riding with it appropriately.

Evaluate your horse and your riding needs to select the correct Myler bit for your current riding and training level. Myler makes a variety of English and Western discipline bits. If you do not know what Myler bit is right for your horse, you can use Myler's guide for selecting the right bit (see resources). Purchase the bit.

Attach bit to bridle. Myler bits have specialised locations (hooks) for attaching the cheek pieces to the bit in order to prevent sliding and unnecessary or indirect pulling. Attach your cheek pieces and reins to these points on the bit you have selected.

Bridle your horse normally and check the fit of the bit, making sure it is wide enough for your horse's mouth and adjusted so that it is not too loose or too snug. The bit should fit in the gap between your horse's teeth inside its mouth. Ride your horse the same way you would normally. Myler bits are designed to improve contact and comfort while riding and schooling your horse.

Tip

Selecting the right bit is important, but it will not solve all your problems if your horse is not responding properly to your cues and aids. For best results, riders should consult an instructor to determine if they are riding their horse properly. Any bit can cause a horse pain if used improperly.

Things You'll Need

  • Myler bit
  • Bridle
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Jen Davis has been writing since 2004. She has served as a newspaper reporter and her freelance articles have appeared in magazines such as "Horses Incorporated," "The Paisley Pony" and "Alabama Living." Davis earned her Bachelor of Arts in communication with a concentration in journalism from Berry College in Rome, Ga.