The MB 04 is similar to the MB 02 in that it will rotate on the tongue
and apply tongue pressure, however, it has a small (¼") port that
introduces some tongue relief to the horse. The port allows the horse to
swallow and move his tongue when he is moving forward and relaxed,
which acts as a release or reward. The mouthpiece is curved, and it
wraps around the bars and lips instead of pinching.
Sweet iron mouthpiece oxidizes and encourages salivation. The MB 04 provides an excellent transition from Level One to Level
Two. It is suitable for a wide range of horses including green horses,
experienced horses entering the Myler System, horses that have been
ridden exclusively in a single-jointed mouthpiece, or horses that have
not been ridden for a while needing re-schooling.
The Parelli cradle bit is a modified version of a Myler Combination
Bit. The cradle is a hybrid of ring bit, shank bit and hackamore. A
purchase ring with specially designed connectors for the noseband and
chin strap sits atop a large center ring where the mouthpiece is
attached. Unlike the other Myler combination bits, the rein attachment
is built into the ring where the mouthpiece is attached. The mouthpiece
on the C1 is specifically the 04, and has a 1" slide. The noseband is
flat braided nylon cord. The chin strap is knotted. The cradle bit has
the Independent Swivel Cheek.
The Cradle bit functions the same as the standard Myler Combination
Bit with a few subtle differences. The braided noseband and knotted chin
strap more closely simulate the knotted rope halters commonly used in
the Parelli program and other Natural Horsemanship programs, providing a
smooth transition from halter work to bit work. Like the Myler
Combination Bits, the mouthpiece has a 1" slide before it reaches a
stop, giving the horse an opportunity to respond to the rein pressure
before the mouthpiece engages. The C2 and C3 cradles do not offer this
feature. The rein rings used in the combinations bits have been replaced
with hooks built in to the center ring, which reduces the potential
leverage to nearly zero but still allows the rider to fully utilize the
Independent Side Movement™ of the mouthpiece.