MikmarThe founder of the Mikmar Bit Company, Frank Evans, had been around horses all his life. Like many great ideas, Mikmar Bits came in a flash of inspiration. Frank was all too aware of the problems that can happen in a horse's mouth at the hands of an inexperienced rider. He knew about bits - that the snaffle bit put pressure on the bar or tongue. The hackamore put pressure on the nose and jaw, and the leverage bit put pressure on the bar or tongue and the jaw. Frank kept thinking he needed something to soften the impact on the mouth, which inspired him to add a soft rope over the nose to actuate the bit, but soften the jolt. The result was what is now known as the Mikmar Training Bit.