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  • Myler Bits with Hooks

    What are the hooks for?
    Jigga:
    Why must you chastise my brilliant idea with facts and logic? **picks up toys (and wine) and goes home**

  • #2
    They add leverage.

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      #3
      Do you have to use the hooks or can you still use it like a regular bit?
      Jigga:
      Why must you chastise my brilliant idea with facts and logic? **picks up toys (and wine) and goes home**

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      • #4
        Both - I cut mine off usually
        "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there"

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          #5
          So, are the hooks for connecting a curb chain?
          Jigga:
          Why must you chastise my brilliant idea with facts and logic? **picks up toys (and wine) and goes home**

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          • #6
            Yes, the hooks are for connecting the curb chain. They are designed for curb chains. However I have a few horses that like the mouth piece, but do not need a curb. And others that need the curb. I take the pliers and widen them to remove or a bolt cutters to clip them off.
            "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there"

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Woodland View Post
              Yes, the hooks are for connecting the curb chain. They are designed for curb chains. However I have a few horses that like the mouth piece, but do not need a curb. And others that need the curb. I take the pliers and widen them to remove or a bolt cutters to clip them off.
              The hooks are not for curb chains. In actual Myler bits (not sure about the knockoffs) there are holes drilled in the bits behind the hooks that are where the curb chain hooks go. The hooks themselves are to connect the reins to in order to add leverage to the bit. If you don't want the leverage, you can simply hook the reins the bit like you would any other bit.
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              • #8
                It depends on the bit- the hooks would kind of interfere with the reins if you didn't use them. Most myler bits can be ordered without hooks.

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                • #9
                  Which are you talking about?

                  http://mylerbitsusa.com/bitshanks.shtml

                  or

                  http://www.toklat.com/dyn_prod.php?p=89-0010&k=26498

                  Or the "hooks" at the cheek piece for this bit

                  http://www.toklat.com/dyn_prod.php?p=89-34025&k=26498

                  Post a picture of what you want to know about please
                  "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there"

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                  • #10
                    When people talk about myler bits with hooks, they almost always mean the first.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Ambrey View Post
                      When people talk about myler bits with hooks, they almost always mean the first.


                      And basically, it acts like a kimberwicke. Just a touch of leverage. Curb chain can be used in the little hole drilled into the cheekpieces, but I don't THINK the curb chain's totally neccessary.
                      Tell a Gelding. Ask a Stallion. Discuss it with a Mare... Pray if it's a Pony!

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                      • #12
                        Most people don't use curb chains with myler bits, in my experience. I've read that without the curb chain, the action is actually a bit more like a gag.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Ambrey View Post
                          Most people don't use curb chains with myler bits, in my experience. I've read that without the curb chain, the action is actually a bit more like a gag.
                          That depends on the mouth piece, how it is attached to the cheek pieces, and where the reins are positioned. And then is it legal in the show pen - all things to consider.
                          "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there"

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                            #14
                            I was looking through the myler bits, and this one, for example

                            http://www.doversaddlery.com/myler-m...01198/cn/1585/

                            says "with hooks"... which is what I was wondering about...

                            then I did some reading on the myler website and I'm fairly sure now that they are talking about the holes in the bit ring to attach the reins/cheekpieces to.
                            Jigga:
                            Why must you chastise my brilliant idea with facts and logic? **picks up toys (and wine) and goes home**

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                            • #15
                              I use the hooks on my Myler bit. I actually had a problem with the bit when I wasn't using the hooks because it caused the bit to rub my mare right in front of her molars and caused her mouth to bleed a little bit. It seems the bit needed the reins to be placed in the hooks in order for the mouthpiece to engage properly and not rub her.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by saultgirl View Post
                                I was looking through the myler bits, and this one, for example

                                http://www.doversaddlery.com/myler-m...01198/cn/1585/

                                says "with hooks"... which is what I was wondering about...

                                then I did some reading on the myler website and I'm fairly sure now that they are talking about the holes in the bit ring to attach the reins/cheekpieces to.
                                The bit in the Dover ad has the hooks that Woodland posted the first link to:
                                http://mylerbitsusa.com/bitshanks.shtml
                                It's confusing because they call them "hooks" when they're really "slots," and it's all the more confusing since you actually use some type of a hook to attach a curb chain.

                                But any time you see the phrase "with hooks" on a Myler bit it means that it has the fixed slots for the headstall and for the reins.
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