Originally Posted by Crimsons Clover
in my honest opinion if you can't do it in a snaffel on a loose rein you shouldn't be doing it. Work on training (natural aids) rahter than utilizing forceful artificial aides(curb bits etc.
I have to disagree with this.. The snaffle is not the best bit ever like many people think it is..If all of your horses ride in a snaffle, congratulations.. But not all horses respond well to a snaffle..Good training or not..
Personally, my mares ride in two different combo bits and my gelding in the Jr Cowhorse..What a lot of people don't realize is that ANY bit can be a barrel racing bit..Yes, there are special bits out there but that doesn't mean that just those bits can be used when barrel racing. The Jr Cowhorse is a very nice bit, it's not harsh but it does distribute enough pressure for a horse who may need that little extra pressure that the snaffle doesn't provide.
While I do disagree with Crimsons about the snaffles, when choosing a bit it DOES depend on the level of training the horse has had and the horse's responsiveness to the bit. It is also very important to make sure you are riding your horse right when using different bits, a bit isn't going to fix a problem and if you're too heavy OR too light in your horse's mouth you will create a problem.