Fager Michael is a good choice for horses who you would describe as the following:
- Can be worried in the mouth but get too stiff on straight bits
- Reluctant to soften down into the bit.
- Requires encouragement to seek out the contact and keep a consistent contact.
- Can overreact when you take the reins
- Can get on and off in the contact
Michael is a double-jointed sweet iron bit with a special lockup function. The mouthpiece of Michael creates bar relief and locks upwards, which makes it a great bit for horses with a low palate and sensitive bars.
The bit doesn’t lock forward like a normal lockup bit, which means that you won’t get the stiff feeling of a straight bit.
The joints are rotated away from the tongue, which gives a more gentle, smooth pressure on the tongue. This can be good for horses that can overreact when you take the reins and need to keep the consistent contact through every movement.
Sweet iron is a covering on top of a bit made of stainless steel. We have both grey and blue sweet iron coatings.
The purpose is to disguise the metal taste from stainless steel and create a pleasant, sweet taste, encouraging the horse to seek more contact and hold on to the bit.
If you are searching for a gentle, kind bit for a sensitive horse, we would definitely recommend trying Fager Michael.