Myler/Myler Bit Series?

In both of the tack shops that I visit, they have a display advertising and selling Myler bits… it looks like an interesting system with how they work and the levels. However I’m curious to know if anyone here on COTH actually uses them, or has used them in the past - and if they actually work & all the hype around them is valid, because I know many times advertising is exaggerated to make you purchase their products and I don’t want to be suckered into buying one if they don’t work! :lol:

I figured there might be posts on different threads for separate disciplines but I was hoping to not just restrict this to one discipline!

I used a Myler for a long time. My horse went really nicely in it.

I like the Myler bits. I have quite a few.

They’re nice, well made bits but they aren’t magic. Some horses like them, some hate them.

I ride my gelding in a western D ring myler and one of their short shank leverage bits, both with comfort snaffle mouthpieces. They are the only bits he likes, and they actually do work quite well for achieving what they say they do, and he is not as soft with other non-Myler bits. YMMV

One thing I notice about Myler bits is that they’re quite heavy (compared to similar bits from other brands). I also find the levels confusing, my pony is happier in what’s considered a 2nd level mouthpiece, but trainingwise he should only be in a 1st level mouth. That said, he ended up hating the weight of the bit, and I sold it, and ended up getting a french link baucher instead that he LOVES.

I’d consider getting a Myler again, in the mouthpiece Java liked, but in a driving cheek (someone told me that they do have a liverpool cheek, but you need to custom order it), when it comes time to “upgrade”.

I really like that the Myler Bros will custom make a bit to suit your needs (you choose mouthpiece, cheeks, and size), and are super happy to answer any questions. I’ll be more than happy to buy from them again in the future!

The Myler Comfort Snaffle can be very good for horses the doesn’t have a lot of space in their mouth for the bit (small mouth / thick tongue). Particularly when they don’t like the bit moving around.

I do have a Myler d-ring snaffle. That said, as a previous poster said, they are not magic and I find the “levels” pretty meaningless. I do think they have a nice weight that makes them a bit more stable in the mouth and they are well-balanced. It’s a nice tool to have in my box, but I love my french link happy mouth boucher just as much.

My horse goes wonderfully in her Myler loose ring comfort snaffle. She has a small mouth. I’ve tried all sort of shapes and sizes and found that this is what she goes best in. I bought my first one used at a tack sale because I didn’t want to pay that much for a bit that I wasn’t sure was going to work, but I’ve been very happy with it. I just bought a second one for my new horse, and we’ll see how well he responds to it. It is heavier than the older one used one I bought, I’m glad someone else said that because I thought I was crazy.
I actually have a 6 inch loose ring comfort snaffle that I bought that is too big. Ooops!

I use a Myler MB01 D ring on my guy. He has a very sensitive mouth but is strong, it seems to be the perfect bit for this.

I tried four Myler bits with the horses I ride. Though my riding teacher says I have good hands I did not have good results with them (for reference these horses go fine with me in a Dr. Bristol, JP Dr. Bristol and Mullen mouth snaffles.)
The most sensitived mouth horse I ride started flinging her head almost immediately with the comfort snaffle and the “mullen” mouthed 3-bar full cheek. She went immediately behind the bit with their Kimberwick w/ a level 2 mouthpiece.
The other mare I ride was not as irritated by them but she kept on insisting going behind vertical.
On the other hand I have read LOADS of reviews that other people’s horses love the bits. This is why I tried them when I found them on sale.

My horse and I love my Myler level 1 comfort loose ring snaffle. I barely have to tweak her to turn when we jump and it was the best for our dressage work. She has a really small mouth and hates tounge pressure, so it works really well.

Rode my guy in a level-1 D-ring comfort snaffle for a while. He went well in it.

My horse with a bog fat tongue absolutely LOVES his MB33. You can rent the bits to find the best one for your horse. I rented from Horse-rider, etc. She was great.

I put one of my mares in an MB43LP which is the low port version of the D-ring with a ported mouthpiece and hooks. She was a pretty downhill, heavy mare who wanted to lean on the bit all of the time and she went much, much better in that Myler than anything else I ever rode her in. I did use the hooks so that the bit had a sort of modified or muddled gag action, and then I added a curb chain when we went to shows to make it easy to pick her up in front of the jumps.

I ride with Greg Best a lot, and he was less than a fan of that bit. So I tried several other types of bits with her (after showing in the Myler for 4 or 5 years). But I never found anything I liked anywhere near as much, so she still goes in her Myler, and I’ve had 10 great years with her including several years in the 1.30m and 1.40m classes and small GPs.

I also had a very upright Dutch horse (his neck came out of his shoulders pretty much straight up), who was really fussy with bits and wanted to invert before accepting contact all of the time. I rode him in a loose ring fat snaffle for years before my trainer at the time suggested the myler (which is the same one I ended up later using on my mare from above). It was the first time that horse ever softly accepted contact without a head toss first. I rode him in it until I sold him.

I haven’t had as much luck with my current horses. My TB wants to curl a little bit too much with my MB43, and the comfort snaffle I have isn’t enough to keep him together. My young horse was too green for my MB43LP when I was experimenting with bits for him and I couldn’t find my comfort snaffle when he was young, so he goes in a french link full cheek that I’m happy enough with for now.

I don’t think Myler bits are magical or right for every horse, but when I have a horse that’s a little tricky, it’s usually the first thing I reach for.