The Myler Bitting System was invented by three American brothers, who were looking for a gentler, more effective way of communicating with horses.
Comfort and Welfare
The Myler Bitting Philosophy is based on making the horse as comfortable as possible in its mouth, so it can be relaxed and concentrate on what its rider is asking it. As all horses are different in their anatomy, disposition and behaviour, and as their needs change throughout their training, there are 30 different Myler Bit mouthpieces and a wide choice of cheek styles, to make sure that there is a suitable choice of bit for each individual horse and its rider.
Myler sees the bit far more as a means of communication than a means of control, the Myler's advocate using the most comfortable bit possible, so that no restrictive gadgets are required to force the horse into the "correct" position. The horse's tongue should be given as much release as is right for that particular animal at that particular stage in its training, and the most appropriately shaped bit selected to suit the mouth of each individual horse.
The Myler's aim is to make the horse comfortable and accepting of its bit, so it can relax and concentrate on what its rider is asking it to do.
Myler bits Aare comparatively thin, so the horse has less to accommodate in his mouth. All the mouthpieces are curved and many are ported to allow greater tongue room, and most cheeks have the facility, with the hooks, to stand the bit up in the horse's mouth so it doesn't lie on the tongue and bars unless actively pulled there by the rider.There is a wide variety of mouthpiece shapes to suit different mouth structures. The centre barrel acts as a safe, comfortable sleeve over the patented bushing system which allows each side of the mouthpiece to be activated independently, thus avoiding miscommunication. The barrel also restricts the degree of collapse of jointed mouthpieces, giving them more of a wrap feel rather than a nutcracker effect.
If the horse is comfortable and relaxed in his mouth, he can focus on what his rider is asking him to do.
A bit cannot train a horse
A bit is only a training aid to help the rider train the horse
A bit cannot hurt a horse without a rider hauling on the reins
The rider must relax his signals when the horse has obeyed them, or there is no reward, or incentive for the horse to do so again
A bit is a vital communication tool, but it will NOT make up for bad horsemanship; poor riding; or lack of time and patience