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Horses Move Easier With Mikmarís

Revolutionary New Tixerant Comfort Girth

Mikmar Bit Company Proud to be Exclusive North American Distributor for European Import

February 8th, 2006--- Girth design has come a long way from the traditional string and webbing models of yesteryear. The introduction of synthetic materials and elastic ends helped make life more comfortable for the horse, but now a totally new design by Eric Le Tixerant is taking equine comfort a giant step further.

At the heart of Mikmarís new product line-up is the Eric le Tixerant Comfort Girth, a girth radical in its simplicity. Incorporating a wide center section of a technical material made by Gibaud (a medical textile company) the girth offers a high capacity for elongation, allowing your horseís ribs to expand and contract without any restriction. This unique elastic panel also covers a much larger area of your horseís belly than usual, to reduce pressure and virtually eliminate the risk of pinching. Yet, despite the elasticity, the Tixerant Comfort Girth keeps the saddle in place more effectively than a standard girth, due to an integrated non-slip rubber pad on the inside of the girth, positioned over the sternum to keep the saddle centralized and fully secure.

This revolutionary design combats a very real performance problem with most elastic girths, even the more Ďadvancedí girths that have elastic on both ends. The problem is that they stretch in the wrong place, at the sides of the horse where pressure is already minimal. Scientific studies have proven that tightened or poorly designed girths inhibit optimum performance from a horse. Specifically, a rigid girthing affects the respiratory function and compresses the muscles, thereby reducing the blood flow and supply of oxygen. This can result in contractures, spasms, impaired action, reduced power, uneven gates, defense reactions and refusals. The Tixerant Comfort Girth solves this problem by flexing at the point where the horse needs it the most, at the center.

ďThe girth is really just as important as the saddle, maybe even more so when considered from the horseís perspectiveĒ says Dan Weyand, president at Mikmar Bit Company. ďImagine tightening up a wide belt and then going out for a run around the neighborhood. You might be able to do it, but the discomfort and inability to breathe or move freely would sure make it an unpleasant experience. This is exactly what the horse feels when wearing a rigid girth. The Tixerant Comfort Girth has been scientifically proven to actually improve muscle function and respiratory function, and thereby the performance of the horse.Ē

The Tixerant Comfort Girth is available in two models for 2006: The Hunter/Jumper Girth in light or dark brown, and the Dressage Girth in black. Both are available in standard lengths, exclusively through Mikmar authorized dealers.

About Mikmar

The Mikmar Company LLC is a leading manufacturer of innovative bits for all disciplines of the equestrian world. Recognized as the pioneer of dispersed-pressure bits using unique metal compositions favorable to the horse, the company has many patented or patent-pending designs and materials. Recently, Mikmar added exclusive distributorships of the Tixerant Comfort Girth and the Doda Hind Jumping Boot, products that fit its corporate philosophy of aiding horse and rider in achieving true athletic harmony. Mikmar products are sold in a network of retail outlets throughout the world. For more information about Mikmar products or for the Mikmar retailer nearest you, contact Mikmar at 818-446-0063 or visit http://www.mikmar.com.


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