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post #11 of 180 Old 09-03-2010, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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Pastick rides with a simples full cheek snaffle and does amazing.
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post #13 of 180 Old 09-04-2010, 04:05 PM
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I've only barrel raced a few times at the county fair, but I've heard that a good, solid horse and rider team does best in just a dee ring snaffle.
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post #14 of 180 Old 09-04-2010, 04:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Frankiee View Post
I actually dont use a bit. I use a nutural bitless bridle that my horse and I love! :)
Is it any harder than riding with a bit.
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post #15 of 180 Old 09-05-2010, 11:42 AM
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I ride in a full cheek snaffle with a dog bone and roller.
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post #16 of 180 Old 09-05-2010, 08:31 PM
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Originally Posted by horsesforever12345 View Post
Is it any harder than riding with a bit.
Not in my opinion...I've recently been riding my mare in just her rope halter again (started her that way), and she responds just as well to that as she does a regular snaffle bit. A horse well trained to cues will be no more difficult to ride 'bit less' as he is in a bit...I initially train all my horses in a simple rope halter, and once they are done training, they can still be ridden that way.

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post #17 of 180 Old 09-22-2010, 11:39 PM
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Running barrels right now, I use a combination gag with a three piece mouth. The mouthpiece is twisted wire, so I wrapped it with latex bandage. (Twisted wire bits are illegal at app shows.)

In poles, I use a mullem mouth gag, but the gag is less than half an inch.

For keyhole, I use his bridle for poles or put him in a low ported curb.

When I'm working him, it just depends on what I'm trying to achieve. My favorite for lightening and softening is a hollow mouth eggbutt.

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post #18 of 180 Old 09-27-2010, 07:28 PM
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I run my horse in a loomis gag. It can be used to start colts all he way to finished barrel horses. It helps the rider to effectively communicate neck and body flexion. I love it!
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post #19 of 180 Old 09-27-2010, 07:39 PM
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i had been riding my boy in a tomb thumb and he went really well except that he tossed his head quite a bit so i tried a hackamore on him and he does great!! At first he was a bit stiff going one way now hes gotten way better and is way more aware of my seat and leg cues rather then tossing his head and trying to take the bit.

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i use a jr. cow horse bit. Cricket can ride in a snaffle, but she listens alot better in the jr.cow horse bit. The snaffle just doesnt have enough bite to make her listen. With the snaffle she tends to take my ques more as a suggestion, were with the jr.cow horse bit she take my ques seriously. The jr. cow horse bit i use is the one with the dog bone in the middle, and a slight twist.

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