Myler Combination Bits
Design: Very unique in design, the myler combination bit is a hybrid of a ring bit, shank bit and Hackamore. The design features a large ring centre ring for mouthpiece attachment, a top ring for headstall attachment and a bottom ring is either attached to the centre mouthpiece ring (2-ring), features a middle ring (3-ring) or attached by a length of metal extending from the centre ring (long shank). The distance between the top and bottom rings determines the amount of leaverage. The mouthpiece slides freely on the centre ring until arrested by a “ring stop. A rawhide-covered rope noseband and curb strap are linked together and run through two small offset rings on the purchase.
Function: Utilizing various pressure points, Combination Bits offer simultaneous interaction of the mouthpiece, curb strap and noseband. When rein pressure is applied or released, the combination bit automatically disperses or releases direct action and leverage pressure to the horses mouth, chin, nose and poll. Pressure is spread between the four areas instead of mostly concentrated on the mouth as with traditional bits, allowing the rider to send a softer and kinder message. Light pressure is applied to the mouth as the mouthpiece slides on the ring. After contacting the “ring stop, the mouthpiece will engage completely and apply more downward pressure. Also, the backward and downward pressure of the noseband and the forward pressure of the curb strap are extremely effective at asking a horse to relax at the poll. For custom fit the noseband can be softened in water and contoured to an individual horses nose.
Combination bits are available with all levels of mouthpieces. Because all pressure areas engage and release at the same time, the horse is offered a pressure-free release whenever light and relaxed at the poll. This makes the Combination Bit an excellent training tool, for horse ranging from youngsters to well schooled campaigners.
Options: 2-Ring, 3-Ring or Long Shank. 3 Ring allows the rein placement on middle or bottom ring.
Used Both in English and Western disciplines.