The Training Bit
The Combo Bit
The late Frank Evans, inventor of Mikmar
Bits, and founder of the company was from an era when a trainer
had to do it all - halter, western riding, English riding, even
driving. In 1953 he originally patented the Mikmar Training Bit.
He was a highly regarded USA Equestrian judge, and at one time held
twelve judging cards for various breeds
and disciplines. He was also one of the foremost trainers and exhibitors
for well over 50 years. Frank Evans spent a lifetime perfecting
his bits to provide effective results, without abuse to the horse.
They are designed to encourage vertical and lateral flexion, proper
balance and carriage, and a soft-fresh mouth. When a rider applies
pressure (pulls) on the reins, it sends a signal to the nose, mouth
(bars and tongue), chin, and poll areas simultaneously, instead
of to only one focused area. The horse receives pressure to the
nose rope and curb strap, through the shanks, just ahead of the
mouthpiece. The nose rope applies downward and backward pressure
and the curb strap applies upward pressure. This encourages the
horse to relax at the poll, which gives vertical flexion. The wide,
mild mouthpiece, immediately following, rotates slowly downward
and back to apply pressure over the tongue and bars.
The width of the mouthpiece gives the horse an advanced signal that
there is an incoming request. The bit also incorporates a copper
roller, which stimulates saliva production with its rolling action,
and keeps a nervous or “busy-mouthed” horse pacified.
It also discourages the horse from putting its tongue over the bit.
Because of this unique design the rider can use a softer hand. Frank
Evans said, ”This process helps the horse to better understand
what is being asked of him, which translates to a happier horse
whose mouth can be protected and kept soft and fresh over time.”
The Mikmar Bits are a kinder, yet more effective way to communicate
with your horse.
Click on Mikmar History for more details
on the Training Bit.