Are Kimberwick bits harsh?

HOW SEVERE IS A KIMBERWICK BIT? A bit is only as severe as the hands of the rider using it. A kimberwick bit is a leverage bit and so is a lot easier to be harsh with. If the curb chain is done up tightly and the rider has rough hands and poor balance then a lot of discomfort can be caused.

Are Myler bits any good?

Myler bits are good, but not suited to every type as they tend to be around 12mm in the mouthpeice which can be too thin for some horses. Lozenge bits are a good alternative as they are still ergonomic, but offer more choice. These can also be much more cost effective!

What Myler bit is best for my horse?

The ideal bit for this is the Myler correctional ported barrel bit. The 33 42 combination version is excellent for strong horses that try to run away with you with their head down/out/tucked in.

Is a Myler bit harsh?

You can’t generalise and say “myler bits are harsh” or that they’re all mild. Some of the Mylers are INCREDIBLY harsh (look in the Myler book at things like the twisted snaffle with long shanks…) but some are mild. It’s a cliche but they really are only as mild or as harsh as your hands.

Why is a Tom Thumb bit bad?

Many horse enthusiasts disagree on the severity of the Tom Thumb bit. Because it is jointed, it has a nutcracker action in the mouth. If the reins are pulled hard, the joint in the mouthpiece bends and can come in contact with the roof of the horse’s mouth. This can cause the horse to toss its head, which is not safe.

Is a Kimblewick stronger than a Pelham?

The pelham is the stronger bit due to the leverage on the shanks. However if you are using a slotted kimblewick you won’t be able to use the curb independantly so its the same or slightly stronger than a pelham with roundings.

How do I identify my Myler bit?

Characteristics of the Myler mouthpieces within the Myler Levels

  1. Curved bars.
  2. Independent Side Movement.
  3. Wrapping of the bars and lips.
  4. Rotating on to the tongue.
  5. NO collapsing and NO pinching of the tongue, bars or lips.

Is a Myler bit legal for dressage?

The following Myler snaffles are now dressage legal, although hooks, the slots in the cheek rings that hold the bit off the horse’s tongue when pressure is not engaged, are not allowed under FEI/BD rules.

Is it cruel to use a bit on a horse?

Dr Cook considers the bit to be cruel and counterproductive, as it controls the horse through the threat of pain- similar to a whip. In response to this discomfort, the horse can easily evade the bit, positioning it between their teeth or under their tongue, you could therefore be taken for an unexpected gallop.