MB-04HBT, Myler Bit
04 HBT


04 HBT 

This bit has a low port—for mild tongue relief—and a tall purchase/short shank; so while it offers leverage, it is very mild. This is an excellent transitional bit from snaffle to curb and the horse will hardly notice any difference. Great for the intermediate horse that may be ridden one-handed on occasion but would otherwise go in a snaffle.

89-20044 Stainless Steel 5" HBT Shank with Sweet Iron low port mouthpiece with copper inlay (MB 04, Level 2) Sweet Iron naturally oxidizes or rusts. Harmless to horses, it has a sweet taste and promotes salivation.


Myler Curb Bits

Curb bits are leverage bits (as opposed to direct pressure bits, like snaffles) and the reins are attached below the mouthpiece (at the bottom of the shank). It is the ratio between the purchase (the part of the bit that is above the mouthpiece and attached to the headstall) and the shank (the part below the mouthpiece) that tells you how much leverage the bit has; a bit with a tall purchase has less leverage.


The HBT shank is the shorter shank and offers only slightly more pressure than a snaffle with hooks. The Flat shank is longer and for advanced riders and advanced horses only. All of these bits have shanks that articulate independently and allow you to ride two-handed when needed and lift the shoulders, bringing the horse more onto his haunches and for better bending and lateral flexion.


Curb bits must have a curb-strap or curb-chain to function properly. Use a leather strap (milder) unless your horse is difficult to stop, in which case you probably want a curb chain. All of the Myler bits listed below have mouthpieces with an ergonomic curvature and are made of polished sweet iron with copper inlays, which causes a chemical reaction in the horse’s mouth that encourages salivation (much like peeling an orange might cause a little spray of saliva in your mouth). Sweet iron will darken and rust with use, which is not harmful to the horse.

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  • Manufacturer: Myler

MB-04HBT, Myler Bit

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