The Mikmar Short Shank is popular worldwide for all English and Western disciplines as well as for driving. The Mikmar Short Shank Bit operates through both direct action and leverage, using a leather curb strap or curb chain, and also offers the unique Mikmar mouthpiece. The Mikmar Short Shank provides the rider excellent communication and versatility.
Mikmar Short-Shank Bit with Low Port Mouthpiece
The Mikmar Low Port Mouthpiece offers the same design as the standard Mikmar Bit, but offers a lower port of 3/4 inch in height. It provides less palate pressure than our Standard Mouthpiece.
The Mikmar Short Shank provides less leverage than the Mikmar Combination Bit and does not have the nose rope. The Mikmar Short Shank Bit offers two areas for rein placement on the cheek piece:
- the upper rein slot giving you more direct pressure, similar to that of a snaffle
- the lower rein slot giving you the function of a leverage bit, applying pressure to the mouth (bars and tongue), chin and poll areas, to encourage vertical flexion.
The Mikmar Standard Mouthpiece - What sizes does the mouthpiece come in?
The Mikmar Bits come in three sizes: 5.25 inch, 5.5 inch, and 6.25 inch. Their unique design makes it unnecessary to break down the width of the mouthpiece into quarter inch increments smaller than 5.25 inch, (like a snaffle for example). The 5.25 inch bits fit anywhere between medium size ponies, up to large Warmbloods. We do not recommend the 5.25 inch for Small Ponies (Shetland type) or Medium to Large Draft Horses. The 5.5 inch is ideal for very large mouthed warmbloods, but most warmbloods fit in the 5.25 inch. The 6.25 inch mouthpiece is for any size Draft Horse. The design of the mouthpiece and the shanks makes it possible for the bit to work on different size mouths, without any discomfort to the horse or loss of bit effectiveness.