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    07-04-2012, 06:59 PM
Barrel bits??

I'm starting my mustang on barrels, and I'm having a hard time figuring out what bit to use on him. I was looking at Sherry Cervi's Diamond Lifter Short Shank with a twisted wire dogbone mouth piece, but I don't really know much about bits. Right now I just ride him in a grazing bit.
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    07-04-2012, 07:11 PM
ALWAYS train in a snaffle. I very rarely ride any barrel horse in training in anything but, and then before a show we school in the actual competition bit.

I wouldn't start him out in the sherry cervi lifter. I DO like the dogbone short shank version of the bit, but I would start with either a draw gag with a smooth snaffle mouthpiece or a Jr. Cowhorse bit if I were you and then see what helps him.

Every horse has differant needs too. Lift or not lift, light or a little harder, nose pressure, poll pressure, etc. For example I have Selena in a combination bit that is light because she responds best to nose pressure. However, Rebel, will panic if that bit is placed on him.

I would start super light and then move him up depending on what he needs. :) Remember not to just slap a bigger bit on him, keep him light in a snaffle and then if he abo****ely needs it go up a little more to something that compliments his running style. Maybe a video would help us help you :)
    07-04-2012, 07:25 PM
I asked a lady I've raced with and she recommended a jr. Cowhorse. He's just walking them now, so there's not much to show lol
    07-04-2012, 07:57 PM
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Jr cowhorse are great but I would agree with starting in a snaffle.
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    07-04-2012, 08:13 PM
Yep if he's just walking no need to go up to a new bit to worry about showing yet. The only way I condone using a stronger bit in competition is when the horse has a good slow foundation but just gets strong as a show. Can't wait to see how he does!
    07-04-2012, 08:18 PM
So like a plain snaffle, like this?
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    07-04-2012, 08:20 PM
Yep, just like that. ^^
    07-04-2012, 08:25 PM
Okay :) And when he's ready to switch to a new bit, would you suggest a jr. Cow horse or just wait to see how he's doing? Lol
    07-04-2012, 08:28 PM
If he can stay in a snaffle that would be ideal, but if you feel like you need a little more control when he starts to get strong at speed then I would suggest going to a Jr. Cowhorse, yes. ^^
    07-04-2012, 08:29 PM
Okay, thank you!

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