He has his favorite riding buddy, a cute spaniel and his trusty GPS as companions. Driving all over North America to preach his word. You would think. But that’s not the case. He’s actually a very unassuming, confident man in his late 60s with a head full of grey hair and a passion. He’s quite a funny man if you get the honor to hang with him.
He’s been doing these lectures for 30 years. Going from barn to barn, greeting many eager people who have bitting problems with their horses. People often come to him when there is no one else to turn to.
My cell phone rings. I’m in the grocery store buying beverages and snacks for the event. “Hello Susan. This is Dale Myler.” He says in his southern, Missouri accent. He needed directions. He was in Michigan, on his way up from the Kentucky Rolex event and as you can expect, who knows where Durham is. People often have mistaken my town for Durham region.
“You won’t find me on your GPS” I say in a little embarrassment. There are 3 concession 2s in this area after the amalgamation. So after much sorting out, with main street Durham as his destination plugged into his GPS, I was left to continue my preparations.
To tell you about Dale while he’s driving here… in the early 1980s, Dale was riding and training horses, competing in rodeos and western riding events with his brother Ron. They both discovered the need for bits that would allow the horse to relax and focus on its work instead of resisting. They also wanted a better bit to lift shoulders and do better lateral work.
Because of Dale’s extensive research into equine dentistry and equine physiology, the Myler’s, including their brother Bob, have been able to design bits, in particular the mouthpiece, to accommodate the equine mouth making a much more humane bit. Now Dale shares his experience and knowledge at clinics and other equine events around the world including Sweden, Wales, Scotland, UK, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In 2006, Dale was given the privilege of conducting a seminar at the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace.