Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Bit For Sale - Special! New Metalab Antique C port bit

SPECIAL! New Metalab Antique Roger Branch C port

Still in the packaging.
Pretty for all occasions!

Some Uses and Benefits: 

 Rider:

  • Great for 1 handed work. 
  • Good set of brakes or tongue pressure. Has authority if needed.
  • The mouthpiece will apply pressure to the tongue ONLY when contact is made not before. 
  • The medium shank allows the rider to soften their hands (not needing to pull as you do in a snaffle).

 Horse: 
  • Good for pushy horses or those that run through the bit. 
  • Great for fat tongued horses.
  • The curb action (with a curb chain) will use leverage and therefore will ask for more attention from the horse while keeping your hands soft.
  • The mouthpiece gives room for the tongue. It will not interfere with horse when there is slack in the reins. Horse is more comfortable. Able to swallow easily.
  • When on contact, there is no nutcracker effect as in a jointed mouthpiece.  Keeps the horse calmer!

Not Suitable for:

  Rider:
  •  Is not forgiving with really rough or quick hands. Anyone with no patience would be better in a snaffle until better trained.
  •  Advanced riders will like the fact that the bit aids in softer signals.
  •  
 Horse:
  • Horse that has not be been introduced to curbs or C ports slowly. 
  • Or a horse that is a beginner and doesn't understand leverage.
  • Horse has to understand rein cues already.
Some Features:
  • Port will give good room for tongue to swallow. 
  • Swivel shanks for lateral work. Life shoulders. Great for training or corrections.
  • Pretty for showing or to just enjoy.
  • Mouthpieces are 7/16" thick and is sweet iron. ie. tastes good to the horse.

New or Used:  New
 
Size: 5 1/8"
Manufacturer: Metalab
Mouthpiece: Randy Branch C port sweet iron. 

Shank: 7  1/2" Antique shank with silver diamond and dots, poly connector
Level: 2-3 or LTP/GTR (little tongue pressure, good tongue relief)

Price: $30Cdn (HST included) ($53+HST= $60 new)


For more information on bits, Myler Bitting System Philosophy, bitting levels, etc, please see the many articles on this website or contact me for help on the uses of this bit.

Please contact me if you're interested in purchasing.
thanks
Reinersue

Bit For Sale - Special! New Metalab Antique Transition Show Bit

SPECIAL! New Metalab Billey Allen Show Bit - 2 available
Great all around bit. 
Still in packaging.
Pretty for all occasions!

Some Uses and Benefits: 

 Rider:

  • Good for 1 handed work. And quiet 2 handed work. It's an easy bit to adjust too for most riders.
  • Good 1st curb bit for horse and/or rider.
  • The mouthpiece will help with horse to carry the bit nicely and be mild to learn how a curb bit works.  Why not have a bit that helps you help a horse to learn easier!
  • The short shank allows the rider to soften their hands (not needing to pull so hard like in a snaffle - no shanks).

 Horse: 
  • Very forgiving bit suitable for a lot of horses.
  • The curb action (with a curb chain) will use leverage and therefore will ask for more attention from the horse while keeping your hands soft.
  • The mouthpiece gives room for the tongue. It will not interfere with horse when there is slack in the reins. Horse is more comfortable. Able to swallow easily.
  • When on contact, there is no nutcracker effect as in a jointed mouthpiece.  Keeps the horse calmer!

Not Suitable for:

  Rider:
  •  Is not forgiving with really rough or quick hands. Anyone not in an extreme sport and/or has no patience would be better in a snaffle until better trained.
  •  Good for beginners who are learning to use reins for communication. Advanced riders will want a port for softer signals.
  •  
 Horse:
  •   Horse with a fat tongue or is pushy. There is a far bit of tongue pressure.
  •  Horse who wants rider to stop hanging on the mouth with contact. (ie. leave my mouth alone). The horse will thank you for it.
Some Features:
  • Roller will encourage horse to salivate and relax.
  • Independent side movement of shank. Great for lateral work. Life shoulders. Great for training or corrections.
  • Pretty silver trim on shanks.
  • Swivel shank for more guided lateral movement or direct reining.
  • Mouthpiece gives room for horse's tongue , no nutcracker effect so therefore humane.
  • Mouthpieces are 7/16" thick and is sweet iron. ie. tastes good to the horse.

New or Used:  New
 
Size: 5 1/8"
Manufacturer: Metalab
Mouthpiece: Billy Allen or Barrel sweet iron
Shank: 7 - 7/8" Antique 7-shank with silver trim and dots
Level: 2 or FTP/lTR (far bit of tongue pressure, little tongue relief)

Price: $30Cdn (HST included) ($53+HST= $60 new)


For more information on bits, Myler Bitting System Philosophy, bitting levels, etc, please see the many articles on this website or contact me for help on the uses of this bit.

Please contact me if you're interested in purchasing.
thanks
Reinersue

Monday, June 30, 2014

Make the Right Thing Easy and

... The Wrong Thing Difficult.... so the familiar horsemanship saying goes.

Or is it: "Make the Wrong Think Difficult and The Right Think Easy...". It's the right attitude to have.

In Reiner-Speak: "I will release pressure, stop and pet on you for really trying. Otherwise I will keep up the pressure or increase it until you do. Make take a few sessions."

I've developed it into a habit since I like it so much.  I even have a banner with the saying on the inside of my riding arena for reference.


This saying makes the behaviourism techniques of Negative Reinforcement and Positive Reinforcement easy to remember. More operant conditioning information here, if you like. 

Do you know the terms and conditions of this to apply it properly and well? I have found many uses for it in training and horse handling that I'd like to share.

I, recently, offered my suggestions on a Facebook question, in one of the groups I belong to. This guy was having trouble getting his 18yr. old round-pen bronc to change his resume and retire from active up-in-the-air duty. The horse wanted to go up not forward.

I suggested that he use the above principle to rid the bucking. The horse will not ever stop knowing how to buck, of course, but we can let them know that we will make the wrong thing difficult, uncomfortable, or very bothersome if they decide to pull it out of their tool kit and use it. There is varying degrees of correction depending on the type of bucking.  The horse was made to hustle forward and frequent turns.

Equally, we will be a respectful leader and reward the horse when they do good and to build confidence. They always know that if they try and get the right response, they can trust the fact that there is a release-of-pressure reward.  The horse was allowed to walk when the bucking stopped.

Even Buddy Thinks The Cowboy Curtain is Easy

A list of Making The Right Thing Easy:
  • Remove leg pressure when the horse complies with your asking.
  • Removing rein pressure when the horse complies with your asking.
  • Using a slower gait as a reward for the horse trying and improving, even if just a little.
  • Setup a scenario to make is easy for the horse or donkey (in this case :) to learn something new.
  • Ending on a good note.
  • All forms of releasing pressure.
  • Stand a horse inside a trailer as a reward, not outside the trailer

A list of Making the Wrong Thing Difficult or Uncomfortable:
  • Not rewarding the wrong response from a horse
  • Not giving up so easily when you don't get the right response
  • Not quitting too early when the horse hasn't really tried.
  • Don't release pressure until you get the response you're looking for.
  • Making the horse hustle for rude behaviour.
  • Increasing pressure incrementally until there is a good response.
  • Don't let the horse stand at the mouth of the horse trailer. (Stand them inside the trailer as a reward.)
  • Make a horse stay on cross-ties until they stop pawing or fussing. (Be prepared to wait awhile. :)
 Used in combination and consistently, it makes for speedy training and quick, fast results for the enjoyable horse that you want to be with. It's easy to have a well behaved horse using this philosophy.

Putting my Spin on Negative Reinforcement and Positive Reinforcement
Reinersue
@KISS Reiners

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Deep Practise

Courtesy Google Images
I'm often inspired by Martha Beck in many ways with her off the wall sense of humour and approach to life. She makes me laugh. I like to think I'm a lot like her. I'm inspired - what can I say?
Things like: " So I sit on this huge beast named Buddy like a fruit bat clinging to a human’s scalp, and I’m supposed to make him do what I want without reinforcing his suspicion that I’m a serial killer."  Ha. Ha. I love it! I'll have to remember that the next time I'm giving lessons!

She is one of my favorite writers.  Recently, she's trying to learn how to ride a horse. Nice. To get more laughs, please read Buddy Up and Giddy Up - Insight by Martha Beck.  (http://marthabeck.com/2014/05/buddy-up-and-giddy-up/)   Don't be fooled by the slapstick though 'cause along with the laughs are powerful insights to life. She's a life coach, not a self-professed serial killer :).

In this article she uses the pressure and release method to human life - much like we do to train a horse and/or rider. The pressure is the emotions we feel that tell us things are not going right like unease, discomfort, irritation. And calm, peaceful feelings are the release - letting us know we are on the right track. Brilliant! It's well worth the read.

If you are not familiar with Martha's history, Wikipedia has this to say:
    "Martha Nibley Beck (born November 29, 1962) is an American sociologist, life coach, best-selling author, and speaker who specializes in helping individuals and groups achieve personal and professional goals. She holds a bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies and master's and Ph.D. degrees in sociology, both from Harvard University... She received national attention after publication in 2005 of her best-seller, Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith in which she accuses her father of sexual abuse. In addition to authoring several books, Beck is a columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine." Oprah.com has a great write up about her. http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Martha-Beck


The reason for this article....

Recently, I received my daily insights email from Martha titled Deep Practise. It's the article with the picture of a kitchen sink.
Courtesy Google Images
 
Humm... I thought, how appropriate for riders and horse training.  (http://marthabeck.com/2011/10/turn-on-your-right-brain/.


Courtesy Google Images
Deep practise, is mentioned in the book The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle. (http://thetalentcode.com/book/). It involves fine tuning the use of the right side of your brain - the creative side. The left side of your brain is for logical thinking for tasks like putting a saddle on your horse, executing your lesson plan, deciding to work on a particular maneuver on your horse. Routine tasks, just like we were taught in school. Martha comments: "Perhaps we’re overusing our left hemispheres to the point of blowout."


Deep practise goes something like this: visualize want you want to learn, try it, you'll fail (that's good), learn from your mistakes (great), try again better. Repeat as necessary. The refined attempts and fails then the diminishing mistakes will tell you, you're getting closer to mastering your new talent. Creative work at it's best.

Sounds like learning to ride to me... (Or whatever horse related activity you want to learn).  So us horse people know all about deep practise. Deliberate practise. Are you thinking about all the hard work you did to get ready to show your horse? Or learn to lope well? Or learn to ride well?

It's like getting into the zone for learning. Really focusing. Fine tuning. I would imagine every great horseman in history engaged in deep practise. I just bet you! It can't be anything else.

Putting my spin on the art of concentrated learning or deep practise.
Reinersue
@KISS Reiners

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Is Your Horse Too Lazy? How to tell.


Clinton Anderson in his Outback Adventure series on Downunderhorsemanship TV and RFD-TV has a good example of a horse that is too lazy.
A lazy reining gelding. 2003 Reining Canada Top Ten


He's starting under saddle a 10yr. old wild Brumby named Bundy and for the horse's 1st and now 2nd ride, Clinton finds the horse too lazy.

Imagine that?!   The horse's 2nd ride under saddle! Don't we want them as 'dead' as we can get them so they don't buck us off? Can a horse be too lazy when colt starting? 

Yes they can.

Clinton only rode him a short time for the 1st ride and had to quit on him before the horse learned to quit on Clinton. (Not a desirable trait at all!) Clinton comments that Bundy now needs grain to get more energy.

Here's the link for the RFD-TV series.

For the 2nd ride, Clinton is explaining that he has to make some adjustments because Bundy is so lazy. Since Bundy is now no longer fearful and is quiet, he's gotten too lazy.


Clinton is explaining at the 27:31 min. mark, that Bundy is giving him a bit of a problem in that Clinton is having trouble getting FORWARD MOTION. (Which is OH so important for training.)

So that is why he's riding him in a more open area to encourage going forward.

If I have a lazy type horse then I will spend more time at the trot and lope rather than the walk. The walk is for a slight warm up, a reward and a cool down.

I do the reverse for faster type horses.


So if your horse is making you work too hard at getting your horse to go forward then you need to...
  1. get the horse moving out more in the open,
  2. going a faster speed and
  3. perhaps a change in feed is in order.

Putting my spin on laziness.
Reinersue
@KISS Reiners


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Bit For Sale - Used 3-ring Myler Combo, low port (MB04)


Myler 3-ring, low port mouthpiece (MB04)
The ultimate versatile bit!

Some Uses and Benefits
Rider:
  • The 3 rings allow for 1 or 2 rein placement for training or riding.
  • Good for many disciplines especially for training and general riding.
  • Nose pressure helps rider to stay light with cues.

Horse:

  • "The horse is offered a pressure-free reward whenever he is light and relaxed at the poll."~Myler bits.  So it's good for training and riding.
  • Good for all types of horse's personalities.
  • The curb action (with a curb chain) will use leverage and therefore will ask for more attention from the horse.
  • The mouthpiece gives great room for the tongue, will not interfere with horse when there is slack in the reins. Will give a great head set when contact is made on the reins. Also will act as a great emergency brake!
Not Suitable for:

  Rider:
  •  Who doesn't like the look of it or doesn't understand how it works.

Horse:
  •   Has an attitude that needs a bit with more authority and/or emergency brakes. A 'run away'.
Features:
  • Myler's Unique Combination bit technology. (info  here.) I really encourage you to read this! You'll be glad you did!
  • "Dispersed pressure for a kinder, softer message. "
  • "Utilizing various pressure points, Combination Bits offer simultaneous interaction of the mouthpiece, curb strap and noseband. When rein pressure is applied or released, the bit automatically disperses or releases pressure to the horse's mouth, chin, nose and poll. Because pressure is dispersed, the bits offer succint and effective, yet very humane communication, allowing the rider to use less pressure than needed with a traditional bit."
  • "The curb strap sits high on the jaw, so to be closer to the rotational point of the second vertebrae or poll. Curb pressure encourages the horse to rotate his nose downward and backward until the pressure is released, hence he relaxes at the poll."
  • "The sliding mouthpiece works lightly in the mouth, applying subtle pressure on the tongue and/or bars, until it hits the "ring stop" when it then applies downward pressure, asking the horse with more of a signal."
  • "The noseband applies downward and backward pressure over points on the nose. In response to the pressure, the horse will drop his nose down and back towards his center."
  • Independent side movement of shank. Great for lateral work.
  • Copper inlay in mouthpiece. Great for salivation. Helps horse to relax.
  • Swivel shank for more guided lateral movement or direct reining.
  • Curved mouthpiece creates a bit of room for horse's tongue as opposed to a bit that goes across the mouth or jointed (nutcracker effect. Nasty). ie. Humane.
  • Can have 1 or 2 rein attachment. The 1st ring acts like snaffle. The 2nd ring like a curb bit.
New or Used:  Used (reconditioned)
Size: 5 1/2"
Manufacturer: Myler by Toklat (production version)
Mouthpiece: Myler MB04, low port with barrel sliding mouthpiece

ShankCombination bit 
Level2-3 or LTP/GTR (little tongue pressure, good tongue relief)

Total Price: $125Cdn (HST included)
(was $159.95+HST=188.65 new) (shipping is available)

For more information on bits, Myler Bitting System Philosophy, bitting levels, etc, please see the many articles on this website or contact me for help on the uses of this bit.

Please contact me if you're interested in purchasing.
thanks
Reinersue

@KISS Reiners
 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

How to Tell How Smart your Horse is?

Here is a good example that shows how to easily tell if your horse is smart or not.

Clinton Anderson has a TV series called Outback Adventure where he captures a wild Australian Brumbie and uses his METHOD to gentle and start the horse under saddle.

In the 3rd episode, Clinton is round penning the horse he's named Bundy for the 1st time.

Here is the exerpt:
 "Today on Downunder Horsemanship TV! Continuing Bundy’s training with the roundpen exercises, Clinton is able to touch the stallion for the first time. He continues to work on gaining the brumby’s trust and respect and introduces several new exercises. By the end of the episode, Clinton is able to approach the stallion and halter him. To find your local Downunder Horsemanship carrier and airtimes, visit downunderhorsemanship.com/TVShow/TVShow."


Clinton Anderson's Outback Adventure Series facebook link.

How Can You Tell How Smart Your Horse is?
  • Look at the 35:19 min. mark of that episode. Bundy gives to pressure quickly and easily (really easily!). Clinton remarks how Bundy maybe trainable which he proves to be.
  • At 38 min. mark Bundy yield hind quarters excellently and Clinton says 'championly'.

THESE ARE THE INDICATORS TO WATCH FOR PEOPLE!! :)


The whole series is quite entertaining.


Putting my spin on horse sense.
Reinersue
@KISS reiners

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Cold Cowboy: Craig Cameron Clinic in Clinton

 
Craig Cameron - Ride Smart Clinic in Ontario
 

Craig and his assistant Stewart


Question period




 "You can't ride outside 'cause you guys have 80 feet of snow here.", jokes Craig Cameron, as he's giving advice during the last question and answer period on Sunday. He repeatedly reinforces the idea of focusing on and improving horsemanship fundamentals. He can't stress it enough, he says. I'm the one thawing out with a bowl of chilli and taking photos.
 
 Being a dedicated learner myself and veteran observer of all things Road to The Horse, I ventured over to see what Craig Cameron was like giving a clinic. I'd been there last year to see an extreme cowboy clinic and thought it would be interesting to see Craig in action.  I've seen him on webcasts of the Road to the Horse competition (RTTH) where he was the 2010 champion and co-team USA member with Pat Parelli in 2012. (Jonathan Fields is representing Canada in this year's 2014 competition, March 13-16th.)
 
Participants working on water
 
Craig Cameron's assistant Stewart is seen in the photo helping a participant with the water hazard. (photos of competition courtesy: Roxanne Lashbrook). Craig's Clinic in Clinton is a 3-day Ride Smart horsemanship and extreme cowboy clinic with an Ultimate Cowboy Challenge show on the Sat. night (hosted by REACH). 14 riders tried to ignore the cold as they learned Craig's version of horsemanship doing exercises like riding squares for steering, riding zig-zag patterns, and rollbacks using the wall.
 
 
Competitor lining up to do the flower power obstacle
 
 
Craig Cameron  from Bluff Dale, Texas runs his Craig Cameron University from his Double Horn ranch where riders learn about horses, and horsemanship - Craig believing that these lessons will serve someone into every aspect of their life. His RFD-TV show and book called Ride Smart by Western Horseman is how he got the name of his style of horsemanship.  He's been demonstrating his philosophy for over 23 years.
 
With regards to horsemanship, Craig states: "The tradition of horsemanship and its way of life is about an individual’s work and the horse being a reflection of that individual. The horse is only as good as the trainer and seeks the level of the rider, be it good or bad. The best cowboys accept the challenge of horsemanship and rise to the occasion. Doing things right is not always the easy trail, but just like the old times it is the tough trail that teaches us the most."
  
About his clinics: "Clinic topics range from basic to advanced horsemanship, colt starting, ranch and cattle work, problem-solving, reining and trail obstacles."
 


Competitor setting up to do water hazard obstacle Saturday night
 The Extreme Cowboy Race™ was originally created by Craig Cameron (often called the 'extreme cowboy' himself) and Ryan Dohrn of HorseCity.com. Craig Cameron designed and hosted five races at his Double Horn Ranch since 2005.  The Extreme Cowboy Association has an affiliate here in Ontario. "The ONTARIO XTREME COWBOY is an event that challenges both horse and rider to maneuver through a series of trail and farm-based obstacles demonstrating both horsemanship and speed."



Horse competitor showing new way to maneuver car wash obstacle

Putting another spin on horsemanship.
Reinersue
@KISS Reiners

Friday, February 28, 2014

Older Reining Bred Mare For Sale


Ms. Prime Pine  or 'Abbie' - See allbreedpedigree.com link here 
Notes:
A celebrity! Featured in America's Horse magazine for the bird-like shape of her blaze.
This is truly a bomb proof horse! What a sweetheart!
Me riding Abbie (on the left)

 
















General Info:
Breed: Reg'd Quarter Horse   (AQHA# 3330023)
Temperament: Absolute sweet heart!
Sex: Mare                                          Offspring: None registered with AQHA
Age: 20 yrs. young                            Height:  15H
Color: sorrel                                      Markings: Blaze, hind socks, partial white on
                                                                             fronts
Health: Guaranteed Sound               Price: $2,900 (HST included)

Suitability:
- very well trained horse for general riding, trail riding, competition
- great kids horse
- great for novices and mature people

Resume:
- Has been professionally trained (and possibly shown locally) in reining in her youth
- Was extensively trail ridden for many years
- I've put a tune up on her and trail rode her last year fixing her rusty steering and brakes.
- Will continue to be trained until sold. 

SirePines Nifty Man, champion reining stallion, LTE:$3,564.93
Numerous NRHA and ORHA bronze trophy winner. Multiple ORHA year end championships. An Ontario Reining Horse Association legend.
NRHA Offspring LTE: $7,926
Number of NRHA Offspring: 10
NRHA Offspr Avg Earnings: $793.  - See qhd.com for his stallion record here

- Sire's Sire: the great reining champion horse Great Pine (sired Great Red Pine, LTE: $116,587)
NRHA Hall of Fame, America's Horse article, Quarter Horse Directory,
 

Additional comments:

- IS NOT A RESCUE.
- What a sweet heart of a horse!!!
- Not an aggressive bone in her body! Will be low on a pecking order.
- Is very healthy. I always boost all my resale horses with wormer, shots, vitamins and lots of hay!
- She is also on glucosamine as a preventative.


For more information or for viewing, please contact me.
Thanks
Susan

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Bit for Sale - Used Myler Long Shank Combination bit

Myler  Long Shank Combination Bit, medium correctional mouthpiece (MB43LP)

Some Uses and Benefits

Rider:
  • The 2 rings allow for 1 or 2 rein placement for training or riding.
  • Good for many disciplines especially for speed events like barrel racing, polo, team penning.
  • Nose pressure helps rider to stay light with cues.

Horse:

  • "The horse is offered a pressure-free reward whenever he is light and relaxed at the poll."~Myler bits.  So it's good for training and riding.
  • Good for all types of horse's personalities.
  • The curb action (with a curb chain) will use leverage and therefore will ask for more attention from the horse.
  • The mouthpiece gives great room for the tongue, will not interfere with horse when there is slack in the reins. Will give a great head set when contact is made on the reins. Also will act as a great emergency brake!
Not Suitable for:

  Rider:

  •  With rough or quick hands. Anyone who has no patience.
  • Beginners who are learning to use reins for communication. Need some slight skill at using reins.
  • Riders who like to use a lot of rein work in their riding. This bit is for softer, quieter signals. Make life easier.
 Horse:
  •   Just started under saddle and learning their job. Need a horse who understands rein cues and nose pressure to some degree.
  •  Horse wants rider to be really soft in their cues (ie. leave my mouth alone). This bit makes is easy to learn and use to stay quiet. The horse will thank you!
Features:
  • Myler's Unique Combination bit technology. (info  here.) I really encourage you to read this! You'll be glad you did!
  • "Dispersed pressure for a kinder, softer message. "
  • "Utilizing various pressure points, Combination Bits offer simultaneous interaction of the mouthpiece, curb strap and noseband. When rein pressure is applied or released, the bit automatically disperses or releases pressure to the horse's mouth, chin, nose and poll. Because pressure is dispersed, the bits offer succint and effective, yet very humane communication, allowing the rider to use less pressure than needed with a traditional bit."
  • "The curb strap sits high on the jaw, so to be closer to the rotational point of the second vertebrae or poll. Curb pressure encourages the horse to rotate his nose downward and backward until the pressure is released, hence he relaxes at the poll."
  • "The sliding mouthpiece works lightly in the mouth, applying subtle pressure on the tongue and/or bars, until it hits the "ring stop" when it then applies downward pressure, asking the horse with more of a signal."
  • "The noseband applies downward and backward pressure over points on the nose. In response to the pressure, the horse will drop his nose down and back towards his center."
  • Independent side movement of shank. Great for lateral work.
  • Copper inlay in mouthpiece. Great for salivation. Helps horse to relax.
  • Swivel shank for more guided lateral movement or direct reining.
  • Curved mouthpiece creates a bit of room for horse's tongue as opposed to a bit that goes across the mouth or jointed (nutcracker effect. Nasty). ie. Humane.
  • Can have 1 or 2 rein attachment. The 1st ring acts like snaffle. The 2nd ring like a curb bit.

New or Used:  New
Size: 5 1/4"
Manufacturer: Myler by Toklat (production version)
Mouthpiece: Myler 5" MB43LP, medium port correctional sliding mouthpiece

ShankCombination bit 
Level2-3 or LTP/GTR (little tongue pressure, good tongue relief)

Total Price: $95Cdn (HST included)
(was $166.95+HST=188.65 new) (shipping is available)

For more information on bits, Myler Bitting System Philosophy, bitting levels, etc, please see the many articles on this website or contact me for help on the uses of this bit.

Please contact me if you're interested in purchasing.
thanks
Reinersue

@KISS Reiners

Friday, February 7, 2014

Bit for Sale - Francois Gauthier Brushed Short Shanked Futurity Hinged Port

SOLD - New FG SS Brushed Short Shanked Show Futurity Hinged Port
Part of the Show Bit Collection.
Pretty for all occasions!


Some Uses and Benefits: 

 Rider:

  • Good for 1 handed work. And quiet 2 handed work.
  • The mouthpiece will help with head-set or bringing the horse on the vertical. Why not have a bit that helps you help a horse to learn easier!
  • The short shank allows the rider to soften their hands (not needing to pull so hard like in a snaffle - no shanks).

 Horse: 

    • Very forgiving bit suitable for a lot of horses.
    • The curb action (with a curb chain) will use leverage and therefore will ask for more attention from the horse while keeping your hands soft.
    • The mouthpiece gives great room for the tongue. It will not interfere with horse when there is slack in the reins. Horse is more comfortable. Able to swallow easily.
    • When on contact, the port allows the horse room for it's tongue so they are more comfortable and can still swallow. Keeps the horse calmer!

    Not Suitable for:

      Rider:
    •  Is forgiving with rough or quick hands. Anyone not in an extreme sport and/or has no patience would be better in a snaffle until better trained.
    •  Beginners who are learning to use reins for communication. Need some slight skill at using reins unless the horse is really dull in the mouth.
    • Riders who wants to advance into softer, quieter signals. 
     Horse:
    •   Just started under saddle and learning their job. Need a horse who understands rein cues a little bit.
    •  Horse who wants rider to stop hanging on the mouth with contact. (ie. leave my mouth alone). The horse will thank you for it.
    Some Features:
    • Copper roller will encourage horse to salivate and relax.
    • Independent side movement of shank. Great for lateral work. Life shoulders. Great for training or corrections.
    • Pretty silver trim on shanks.
    • Swivel shank for more guided lateral movement or direct reining.
    • Ported mouthpiece gives more room for horse's tongue as opposed to a bit that goes across the mouth or jointed (nutcracker effect. Nasty). ie. Humane.
    • Mouthpieces are 7/16" thick and is sweet iron. ie. tastes good to the horse.

    New or Used:  New
     
    Size: 5 1/8"
    Manufacturer: Metalab
    Mouthpiece: Sweet Iron Hinged Low Port Correctional with copper Barrel
    Shank: 7 1/4" Stainless Steel Silver trimmed S shank
    Level: 2-3 or LTP/GTR (little tongue pressure, great tongue relief)

    Price: $50Cdn (HST included) ($53+HST= $60 new)
    For more information on bits, Myler Bitting System Philosophy, bitting levels, etc, please see the many articles on this website or contact me for help on the uses of this bit.

    Please contact me if you're interested in purchasing.
    thanks
    Reinersue

    Monday, February 3, 2014

    Year of The Horse

    courtesy Canada post

    I was in the post office the other day and noticed a sheet of Year of The Horse stamps. Is was a cool pattern. The way the back foot of one horse can almost touch the front foot of the next horse.
     To me, the horse could represent each of the 3 sections of a Canadian maple leaf when you arranged them with the horses all looking towards the centre. Nice.
    

    courtesy Wikipedia
     
    According to the Guardian newspaper: "People born in the year of the horse are said to be a bit like horses: animated, active and energetic – they love being in a crowd. They are quick to learn independence – foals can walk minutes after birth – and they have a straightforward and positive attitude towards life. They are known for their communication skills and are exceedingly witty."
     
    This year of the horse is the wood year or Wood Horse Year. It signifies battles. So I'd like to say that this year, we'll try to pick our battles especially with our horse. I'm a 'make peace not war' kinda gal. I have a razor sharp tongue and a quick mind that I prefer to outwit my opponents with subtlety.
     
    Here's an article on Martha Beck's website titled: "The Body Whisperer". In it, she mentions about horse's way of communication, "they (horses) communicated with one another in a language of postures and movements."
     
    The article goes on to talk about using the language of the horse that most of us horse people know and use every day with relating to ourselves. Our own body and how to communicate with it like we do our horses.
     
    I think it's fitting since we are talking at the beginning of the year where we tend to set goals for the year, whether they be with regards to ourselves or with our horses.
     
    I don't know about you but I'm getting tired of all this talk in the news about wars, another 911 threat to the USA and the talk of nuclear strikes in Iran. I'd rather observe my horse for the way they communicate with gentleness and focus this year on communication.
     

    One good way I know to do this, is practising when I am handling them every day. I observe their reactions. This way I can improve. I also spend a fair bit of time just observing horses. I call it Horse TV.
     
     
    I hope this year brings you much improvement with your horsemanship via communication.
     
    Putting my spin on the way a horse communicates.
    Reinersue
    @KISS Reiners
     
    

    Friday, January 31, 2014

    Bit for Sale - Used Myler Eggbutt, Low Port (MB43LP) with hooks

    Myler Eggbutt with hooks, Medium Port Correctional Barrel

    Some Uses and Benefits:

    Rider:

    • Traditional eggbutt allows a rider to put the rein on the butt for a traditional feel before transitioning to the fixed rein. Nice transition and familiarity for rider new to Myler.
    • Hooks (or a fix rein position) gives some  leverage (vs. no hooks) so you can lift shoulders and do lateral work easier. 
    • Rider can be softer with hands compared to regular eggbutt (no hooks). More comfortable for the horse when rider is soft.
    • The mouthpiece will help with head-set or bringing the horse on the vertical. Why not have a bit that helps you help a horse to learn easier!
    Horse:
    • Easy for the horse to understand requests with fixed bridle and reins.
    • The curb action (with a curb chain) will use leverage and therefore will ask for more attention from the horse while keeping your hands soft.
    • The mouthpiece gives great room for the tongue. It will not interfere with horse when there is slack in the reins. Horse is more comfortable. Able to swallow easily.
    • Ported bits are always more comfortable for the horse than a simple snaffle (single jointed mouthpiece) or french link (double jounted).
    • When on contact, the port allows the horse room for it's tongue so they are more comfortable and can still swallow. Keeps the horse calmer!

     Not Suitable for:

      Rider:
    •  With rough or quick hands. Anyone not in an extreme sport and/or has no patience.
    •  Beginners who are learning to use reins for communication. Need some slight skill at using reins.
    • Riders who wants to advance in softer, quieter signals. It's easier to learn and use a shanked bit for that.
     Horse:
    •   Just started under saddle and learning their job. Need a horse who understands rein cues to some degree.
    •  Who wants rider to be really soft in their cues (ie. leave my mouth alone). It's easier to learn and use a shanked bit for that.

    Features:
    • Independent side movement of eggubtt shank. Great for lateral work.
    • Copper inlay in mouthpiece. Great for salivation. Helps horse to stay calm.
    • Swivel shank for more guided lateral movement or direct reining.
    • Curved mouthpiece creates more room for horse's tongue as opposed to a bit that goes across the mouth or jointed (nutcracker effect. Nasty). ie. Humane.
    • Ported mouthpieces give more room for the horse to lift the bit and swallow so it's more humane to have a port instead of a flat/mullen or jointed mouthpiece.
    • Hooks create a fixed position for headstall and reins. Will have some leverage action and use the Independent Side movement. ie. life shoulders, lateral movement. Good stuff.
    • Mouthpieces are 7/16" thick. New larger thickness available as preferred by English riders.
    • Most mouthpieces are sweet iron. ie. tastes good to the horse. No stainless steel or others that create dry mouth.
    New or Used:  Used
    Size:  5 1/4"
    Manufacturer: Myler by Toklat (production version)
    Mouthpiece: Correctional Barrel (MB43LP)
    Shank: Myler Eggbutt with hooks
    Level: 2-3 or LTP (little tongue pressure, good tongue relief) 

    Total Price: $110Cdn (HST included)
    (was $115+HST=130.00 new

     
     








     

    For more information on bits, Myler Bitting System Philosophy, bitting levels, etc, please see the many articles on this website or contact me for help on the uses of this bit.

    Please contact me if you're interested in purchasing.
    thanks
    Reinersue
    @KISS Reiners