I'm Still Using the G-Damn Micklem

Maybe you noticed something in the pictures I've posted of Indy.
It's not his bee pajamas.
I'll give you a couple hints.

It's ugly,

overpriced for the leather quality

and gimmicky

(except for the part where it's totally not).

Yep. You guessed right. The Micklem is back.

Indy was previously being ridden in a figure eight noseband, which I love. But he's got a bit of a... shall we say, expressive tongue.

So I got a little nothing dogbone bit and (at my trainer's request, because I never would have done it again myself) put it on the Stupid Micklem. Of course it freakin' worked.

However you'll notice that the tongue is still present in most of these pictures, despite there being a Micklem. So I thought, "It's not doing anything anyway, and it's ugly and stupid, so I'll switch back to a real bridle". Which is exactly what I did one night. The tongue turned out to be five times worse and he also locked his jaw and charged through my hand like an animal.

So the next night I put the bit back on his special prince hat.

He was amazing.

And there was significantly less tongue flapping. I give up.

Oh no I just had a horrible thought.... WHAT IF IT'S ME???


  1. Thank god Henry didn't like the Micklem. I'm not sure I could handle it. You have my condolences.

    1. i really think it's me. i bet if i rode him in one he'd be like OH WOW THIS IS GREAT

  2. I laugh at your pain

    While simultaneously not letting my horse try one on

  3. ...I have a new client horse who goes in one and she goes so well. And it makes me want to convince myself that maybe it's not *THAT* bad. But... I mean... look at it.

    1. its so ugly. it makes me so sad. i think it ruins the whole picture.

      i just wanted things to be pretty

  4. I still think you need to try out the new PS version of the Micklem. For... Research 😋

    1. do you think if i bought one and claimed it as a medical research donation i could deduct it from my taxes?

  5. I have both a knock off Micklem and a knock off PS of Sweden because my mare also has fun tongue issues.... so I feel your pain, even though I went the major poor person route to get there.

  6. Sometimes you have to go with what works. :) Even if it's ugly.

  7. Lol at least he's handsome enough to outshine the micklem? Or something?

  8. But he's so good looking, you almost don't notice the Micklem... Almost.

  9. I hate my Micklem too. It's just so ugly. But I haven't wanted to spend real money on something nicer. I did manage to fix Nilla's tongue hanging out issue with a different bit. The Micklem had no effect.


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