The Lifter Theory
"The two most important things we teach a horse before anything else is to break at the poll and raise his shoulders. The bit is the tool we use to communicate with the horse. The clearer the signal and the more comfortable the bit, the less confusion the horse is going to experiance, and the faster he is going to learn. This basic concept is what gave me the idea to create a bit that would give the rider a tool to clearly signal the horse to break at the poll and raise his shoulders, without confusing the horse or scaring him in the mouth. And why not make it a bit that would not only be a good training tool, but also a legal bit to show with."(Dennis Markle)
WHY IS THE DM LIFTER DIFFERENT FROM OTHER BITS? With a CONVENTIONAL BIT when the rider pulls on the reins, the pull travels through the reins 1 directly to the mouthpiece 2 exerting all of the pressure directly in the horse's mouth. The chinstrap 3 engages as a leverage and directs more pressure to the mouth. This direct pull on the mouth causes the horse to drop his shoulders because it directs him towards the ground.With the DM LIFTER when the rider pulls on the reins the pull travels through the reins 1 to point 2 where it splits and gets equally distributed between the mouthpiece 3 and the chinstrap 4. This new leverage creates a clear signal to the horse to break at the poll and raise his shoulders by signaling him to go up instead of towards the ground.
WHAT ABOUT THE DM TURBO LIFTER? The DM TURBO LIFTER works like the Lifter but with a substantial difference: the position of the pivot point: 2. When the rider pulls on the reins the pull travels through the reins 1 in an upward direction toward point 2 starting a rotating motion of the bit. Because of the rotation the mouthpiece and the chinstrap now engages at the same time. Because of the chinstrap position being so high on the jaw, when it, engages it stops the mouthpiece almost immediatly from exerting pressure in the mouth.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE DM LIFTER AND THE DM TURBO LIFTER? The substantial difference is that the DM Lifter takes about 50% of the pressure off of the mouth and the DM Turbo Lifter takes about 90% of the pressure off of the mouth. When riding with the DM Lifter bits, the DM Lifter still feel very similar to a conventional bit, but the DM Turbo Lifter feels very smooth and lite in his action.
THE SHORTY The Short Shank Lifter works just like the long shank Lifter but because of his short shank it is recommended for the training of young horses. The short shank of this bit will teach a young horse to break at the poll and raise his shoulders without scaring him in the mouth.This is a great bit to start your two year old with!