View Full Version : Pessoa Magic Relaxation Dee Bit
Nov. 26, 2009, 07:38 AM
Looking for opinions on the "Pessoa Magic Relaxation Bit". I have a horse that like to play with the bit, sometimes getting his tongue over it, no matter what I use. I am looking at this so I can show in it, without flash or crank noseband. Thanks and Happy Thanksgivg!
Nov. 27, 2009, 07:26 AM
Anyone use this bit, how do you and your horse like it?
Nov. 28, 2009, 08:45 AM
I guess no one has tried it :(
Nov. 28, 2009, 05:26 PM
Try posting a link to the bit. I own a pessoa "magic" bit that is great for headstrong horses. That being said, it sounds like you are looking for something for the hunter ring (no flash, or crank), and the bit I'm thinking of would not be acceptable in the hunter ring (not a dq, but not winning in any good company).
Have you tried ported bits with regular rings? How about discretely lowering and tightening the noseband? Happy mouths? Flavored bit (might make it worse, but he might be hating the taste of stainless steel. You don't get leather soap on the bit right?) Have you tried the mikmar bits (you'll want to try before you buy on these guys :) ) http://www.doversaddlery.com/product.asp?pn=X1-01798&ids=135764918 or their new "cuperon" bits seem to have some good reviews from "mouthy" horse owners, but I've never tried one myself. http://www.doversaddlery.com/product.asp?pn=X1-010207&ids=135764918
Ok, so I looked up the bit and I've found pessoa has a "magic sytem" of bits, so you are basically looking at a bit with copper overlay and advertising claiming their snaffes have a special joint to relieve tongue pressure (in my book this is the standard rather than the exception, but they are looking to impress the uneducated). If it were me, I probably go with mikmar's just because it's not an overlay and they seem to have good reviews for the alloy material which is likely lighter in weight. It probably won't turn green or other ugly colors if you live in a humid place too, but that's just speculation.
Good luck finding something that works for you horse!
Nov. 29, 2009, 05:14 PM
Looks very similar to the Myler mouthpieces. Maybe do a search on Myler to see what you come up with?
I, for one, love my myler bits, and have found that they're often softer on my horses than regular/french link snaffles. My personal favorite is the low port regular mouthpiece (MB43LP, I think) and I have a couple of those in a D-ring and one in an eggbutt. I had a DWB gelding who used to brace into the corners with his Sprenger KK [french link] snaffle. I moved him to the myler and he suddenly sought out the bit and softened into the corners after jumps.
I've never had one who's determined to get their tongue over the bit, though, so I can't address how the ported bits do with that. I had a friend with a tongue wagger who either went over the bit or stayed under and went flapping out the side. She tried the myler route to no success, but that horse was bound and determined to hang his tongue out of the side of his mouth no matter what she used, so I'm not sure he's the best horse for comparison.