By Myler Bits
Product Code: 33043/48
This is available with a 30-day trial
33043/48 Myler 04 Short Shank Combination Comfort Snaffle Low Port
Stainless Steel 4 3/4" 2-Ring Combination Bit with Rawhide Noseband, MB 04 Low Port Comfort Snaffle, Level 2
The MB 04 is similar to the MB 02 in that it will rotate on the tongue and apply tongue pressure, however, it has a small (¼") port that introduces some tongue relief to the horse. The port allows the horse to swallow and move his tongue when he is moving forward and relaxed, which acts as a release or reward. The mouthpiece is curved, and it wraps around the bars and lips instead of pinching. Sweet iron mouthpiece oxidizes and encourages salivation.
•Independent Side Movement
•Sweet Iron Mouthpiece
•Curved mouthpiece does not pinch lips and bars
Notes: The MB 04 provides an excellent transition from Level One to Level Two. It is suitable for a wide range of horses including green horses, experienced horses entering the Myler System, horses that have been ridden exclusively in a single-jointed mouthpiece, or horses that have not been ridden for a while needing re-schooling.
The 2-ring combination bit is a hybrid of a ring bit, shank bit, and hackamore and uses five different pressure points to disperse rein pressure. Because the noseband and chin strap are connected through the purchase, when the reins are engaged, the horse first feels nose, chin and poll pressure before he feels the mouthpiece. The mouthpiece can slide 1" before reaching a stop, where it will then engage and apply pressure. The purpose is to give the horse an opportunity to respond to the rider’s rein signals before applying mouthpiece pressure. The combination bit has Independent Swivel Cheek and the purchase is slightly angled away from the cheek to prevent rubbing. The noseband is moulded rawhide with knotted cord on either side and the chin strap is synthetic to avoid stretching over time. The rawhide noseband will apply a sharper pressure than the flat leather noseband.
Size: 4 3/4" Shank
Discipline: English or Western
Degree of Leverage: The 2-ring combination bit offers two different rein positions: the big ring and lower ring.
•Big Ring = No leverage
•Lower Ring = Mild
Notes: If you ride with your rein attached to the big ring, it will function only as a direct rein snaffle and not apply nose, chin, poll pressure as a combination bit.
Average customer rating:
I bought this bit for my 10 year old daughter's Welsh Sec A pony, which, although well-schooled, can get excited when cantering and jumping. My daughter is tiny and not very strong. I have spent a fortune trying to find a bit that he would accept without snatching and sticking his tongue out. He has a sensitive mouth and a big tongue. He has had a lot of Parelli training and responds very well to nose pressure but tends to ignore the Parelli halter when excited. I would have tried a Parelli Cradle but they don't make it in a small enough size so I thought the Myler Short Shank Combination 04 was the next best thing. Result? Happy confident pony, no snatching (low port giving tongue relief?), happy confident child!
This is not a bit that I would have chosen BUT it comes very highly recommended by a friend who was the previous owner of the mare its intended for and, having used it with the mare once, know of its capabilities. This particular mare is strong, has a soft mouth and needs a bit that she will respect and this one is the very best on the market. My friend has a wealth of experience and knowledge in bits and bitting and I therefore deeply respect her judgement. Having done the research I now have to agree that Myler are, without question, the best bits on the market today - hence the reason I'm buying a second one [full04] for my 5 year old gelding. In my opinion these two bits will be money well spent