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    10-01-2010, 02:45 AM
Originally Posted by Frankiee    
I actually don't use a bit. I use a nutural bitless bridle that my horse and I love! :)
Me too! Barrel raced for team Paint in the Battle of the Breeds at Spruce Meadows, in Calgary, Alberta, just a few weeks ago. We came in 3rd out of 12! :)
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    10-21-2010, 03:58 PM
I ride in a O ring don't want anything to harsh
    10-21-2010, 04:19 PM
I've never raced in anything other than a snaffle. Right now I have all my barrel racers in O-rings.
    10-21-2010, 05:26 PM
I run all of my horses in combo gag bits just so I have that extra bit of control if I need it and so the horses don't over power the little girls that I let ride.
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    10-21-2010, 05:31 PM
A snaffle, and nothing else, ever.

I don't see a need to change bits for gameing. I just use whatever bit my horse normally rides in. I'm still just riding!

It varies between loose rings or eggbutts, single joint, double joint, or myler barrel mouth.
    10-27-2010, 12:24 AM
Green Broke
I can ride my horse in anything (snaffle, hackamore, curb, halter), but I usually ride him in a short shank, smooth broken-mouth curb with a dogbone center, that has a little bit of gag action.

For compeition only, I use a short shank Jr. Cowhorse with a broken twisted wire mouthpiece.
    10-29-2010, 08:40 PM
help me with my question please.

Ok not sure if this is the right place to ask this or not but it will give me someware to start I guess. Ok I ma riding this horse for some one. He is a 12 year old paint rescue so that leaves me with hardly any backround knollage. Just that he wound up in philly as a cart horse for the tourest, and the things I found out about his personality buy trial and error. He is veary high strung for his age(you have to run him around the round pen and sweat him up perty good before you get on or its bucking time.). He neck rains like a beast so he didnt start out life as a cart horse. I am a barrel racer so I like to use barrel rains but he likes the split rains I first used on him. I am now riding him in a sweet iron full cheak snaffle witch he likes, untill I started using a tighter rain on him. I have started the horse on barrels. Every horse I barrel raced was always ridden in a hack and I would like for him to go in one to. He listons vary well in a halter in the round pen the only issue is the open spaces. He wants to take off with me. He's only ridden once or twice a week by me. He's not realy hard to stop just a little harder then he should be. I want to get I jim warner hack for him but would that controle a hot horse enough where im not allong for the ride while he's running off with me? Thank you all for any insight
    10-29-2010, 09:32 PM
Barrelbabe, you'd have better luck starting a new thread and asking this question.
    11-01-2010, 10:58 AM
YAY! I was sooo happy to read this and not seing tom thumb tom thumb tom thumb. I hate them I understand some horses do good in them but so many people mis use them or their horse coudl be so much better in something else.
    11-01-2010, 11:08 AM
I do most of my training and warming up in a snaffel.

I also use a junior cow bit with a slight twist.

And my favorite, is a like a Brown futurity combo bit, it has a 3/8'' twisted dog bone snaffel with a rope nose. I like how it has just enough lift and whoa to it.

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