I have been using Myler Bits since 1993, that is when I first met Ron Myler at the BFI & Reno Rodeo in Reno Nevada. I was having trouble with a head horse not wanting to rate and was to strong in the corner. After listening to him on his theory of how a bit should work, he said he could build me a bit that could correct the problem and get him back to working correctly. I ordered the bit and the rest is history. I have had much success with Myler bits since my first bit and they are the only bit I use when training colts of my own, bringing in outside horses and when competing in competition. Since I have been putting on clinics for Ranch Sorting I have noticed people having problems with their horses head elevating, tossing their head, getting behind the bit or simply sullying up. I can put them in a Myler bit and immediately notice their heads come down to a more vertical balance and with some guidance with their hands see their horse become a much more willing partner. Simply put that is the "power" of a correctly designed bit at work, where "less" is actually more!
Myler Bit Western D with Hooks
The bit to the right is on one of my horses and I really like this new design for several reasons; the bit has a lot of pre-signal to it from the lateral movement in the mouthpiece to the travel of the rein and too the location of the curb strap is higher up and makes for better contact on the jaw bone.
This bit works very well with the way I train and makes for an excellent transition from the level 1 bits to level 2 - 3 bits. This bit has become my #1 bit of choice for all of my horses. I do have different mouth pieces to use depending on how far along the horse is but all of them make it much easier for the horse to find his natural head set while allowing me to be easy or soft with my hands. Also, this bit gives a much better signal to the horse when teaching him/her to back up and stop.
Tom Wicklund, Performance Horse Arena
This bit is Mylers MB 03 Comfort Snaffle with Copper Roller. I am using the Western Dee Ring cheek piece. Myler considers this a level 1 bit. I use this bit a lot on the the horses I bring into training. The combination of this bit with my Mecate reins and slobber straps makes my bridle work much smoother. This bit is designed to rotate fully on to the tongue in order to apply the necessary tongue pressure to teach a horse to give to the bit or break at the poll. The bars of the bit are curved so the bit wraps the bars and lips of the horse's mouth instead of pinching them when it rotates on the tongue. The curve makes more room for the horse's tongue under the bit. This bit also has Independent Side Movement.
This bit is Mylers MB 04 Low Port Comfort Snaffle. Again I have the Western Dee Ring cheek piece on this bit. Considered a Myler bits level 2. I use this bit mostly on horses that are 2 months or more into my training program. This is a great bit to use when I want to work them in the bridle. This bit allows more tongue relief than the 03 mouthpiece.
This bit is Mylers MB32-3 Triple Mullen Barrel with a 5" HBT Western Shank. This is a level 2 bit. This is the first shank bit that I will use on a colt or an older horse that needs some help. Great bit to start a heel horse in.
This Myler bit I had custom made for me and is a correctional bit. I use this bit mainly for team roping. This bit gives me the control needed when I check my horse to make him rate as well as to lift their shoulder when going left.
This Myler bit is a 3 ring combination with a rawhide noseband. I added a tie down cord to this bit to use it for team roping. When I use this bit I notice my horses are much more freer and smoother throughout the entire run. This is also a good bit to use to work them in the bridle and push them into the bit. These styles of bits work great with the Natural Horsemanship (NH) trainer. The bit first works on the bridge of the nose and poll pressure, then secondly when the reins are pulled back far enough the mouthpiece will slid and engage. When the stops are then engaged you have a complete shank bit. The 3 rings are designed for how much leverage you want the rider to have, basically you can have a beginner to advanced rider use this bit.
This is my first Myler bit that was custom built and purchased in 1993. I got to meet Ron Myler at the Reno Rodeo & BFI in Reno, Nevada. I told him I was having trouble with my rope horse "Grey". He had so much power that he would just run through anything I tried to put in his mouth. I am so glad that I was able to meet someone that could help me with my horse.