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post #21 of 24 Old 04-17-2012, 11:05 AM
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I have a TB that absolutely hates a JR Cowhorse bit...acts terrible and does stuff out of the norm. My all time favorite barrel bits are the martha josey million dollar bit and the reinsman shorter lifter bit. Good luck in finding the right one for you and your horse!
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post #22 of 24 Old 04-18-2012, 04:52 PM
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My friend does barrels in a full cheek snaffle, since it is a relatively gentle bit (It all matters about the rider), uses lots of lateral pressure, and you are unable to pull it through the horse's mouth.

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post #23 of 24 Old 04-24-2012, 08:40 AM
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When I first got my my mare the previous owners were riding her in a wonder gag. I just didn't like the way she was turning her barrels so we went through bit trial and error... well kinda.

I tried a regular 'ol snaffle (both O ring and D ring) and she didn't respond to either. I tried a combo and she hated it (the pressure on her nose).

So far, she's been doing exceptionally good in this one: Jr Cow Horse Bit 348 - The Tack Stop
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post #24 of 24 Old 05-02-2012, 07:18 AM
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First off, snaffles (or any bit) can all be as equally severe, depending on how you use them. I would ask to try a few different out, since every horse is different and will work different off certain pressure. I do think you should spend time making sure you are communicating with your horse well in a lighter bit before switching to a stronger one. Because eventually you will end up having to switch again. I barrel race my mare in a Tom Thumb, don't ask why, she just loves it and is incredibly soft to it. I was asked to run her in a snaffle at a barrel race once, she hadn't been in a snaffle for at least 6 months. She stopped, turned and did just about everything she would normally do in a stronger bit. I like her that way because I don't HAVE to have her in a strong bit, but if I need a bit more bite for whatever reason, I've got it. Also, my mare absolutely HATES the Jr. Cowhorse. After I take her around a time or two, she works ok in it, but I would rather run barrels in a snaffle then that bit. I like Jr. Cowhorses, but my mare doesn't...try lots of options before buying. I hear the Loomis is a great great transition bit!!!! I really want to get one!!!
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