Manufacturer: Myler - Similar (View all products by Myler)
Model: D-Ring Medium Square Swivel Port Bit (View all D-Ring Medium Square Swivel Port Bit reviews)
Category: English Bridle Accessories
Purchase: Local tack shop for $38 CAN. It is a bit similar to a Myler. It is a bit difficult to describe but I will do my best. It has large hunter D-rings with two "hidden" slots on top and bottom. The bridle attaches in front of the top one, the curb-chain to the top slot, and your reins to the bottom slot. The mouth piece is about 1/2 inch smooth and round. It is a medium (1 inch) port that is square with rounded edges and a swivel joint in the center. The entire mouthpiece has a slight forward curve.
Likes: I like this bit because the horses like it. They respond lighter and are more relaxed with this bit. Mechanically, the gentle curve of the mouthpiece conforms to the horse's mouth without over-compensating. The port is not obtrusive and provides a lot of tongue relief. The mouthpiece is not too thin, and not too thick, and has no sharp edges or risk of pinching. It is smooth and solid to the D's. The swivel action allows pressure on the bars independently of each other, or in unison. The curb slot setting is relatively mild, and the curb chain can be adjusted to whatever severity you need. This bit seems to work more mildly than a kimberwick (port or broken mouth) and has a smoother application of pressure because the curb chain slot is set father back. This bit worked wonders for my "hard to bit" horse. He is normally a very soft horse who is almost too sensitive, and he stiffens up with most other bits. With this bit he stays more relaxed in competition or in situations where he usually gets a bit rammy, and while jumping he is a lot softer and less coiled up like a spring.
Dislikes: It doesn't come with a curb chain or hooks, so I had to steal them off one of my old kimberwicks. It took a while to figure out exactly where everything is supposed to attach, because at first glance you'll think the top slot is for the bridle (because most bridles do fit there), but in most recognised shows or open shows under a breed association rulebook, a bit that has a port but no curb chain is an illegal bit. The golden rule is "If it has any elevation above the bars, it must have a curb chain". Because the bit does not come with instructions or a curb chain, this can be very hard to find out.
Quality: Very well-made, nice balance from all directions and no sharp edges or pinching spots. A good-looking bit that follows the vogue in bit style with the big thin D's, and provides a nice all-around bit for english horses. Legal for FEI, Equine Canada and associates, AQHA, APHA, ApHA/ApHC and Arabian Horse Assocation competitions- but check your rulebooks before you compete in it, just in case.
Summary: An excellent english bit for the finished horse and rider. Can be adjusted to mild enough settings for inexperienced riders. Gives great results if you have a sensitive-mouthed horse who needs a bit with more severity than a snaffle, and less stiffness than a solid port. The swivel port with the curved mouthpiece is pretty unusual in most bits, but once you try it, you'll probably never go back. You can feel the difference in your own hand. Lay the bit across your palm, and lay another bit, such as a kimberwick, in your other hand like they would in a horse's mouth. Which is more comfortable to have laying in your hand?
Author: Sarah from MacFarlane Show Horses
Usefulness Rating: 2.875 out of 5.
8 reader(s) voted.
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