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post #31 of 180 Old 11-01-2010, 12:54 PM
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Both of my barrel horses use a Martha Josey Million Dollar Bit for competing.. I have to use it on my gelding all the time tho, He's the exception when it comes to everything lol but on my mare when we are just riding she's either in a hack, or a Kimberwick.
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post #32 of 180 Old 11-01-2010, 12:57 PM
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For me it really depends on the horse. Some of my old kids horses I will ride in a side pull or snaffle. PJ i game in a Sharon camarillo short shank gag hack with a life saver mouth piece.
Chaquits I ride in something short shank. Like a jr cowhorse or argertine.
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post #33 of 180 Old 11-05-2010, 03:29 PM
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Romeo has a Tender touch on his bridle, I really like it. I have soft hands so it seems to really work for us. I know someone though that said he would work good in a JR cow horse... idk though.

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post #34 of 180 Old 11-13-2010, 03:05 PM
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I use this Charmayne James bit on my gelding. It helps him in his alot in his turns and he work soooo much better in it. It is deffinitly one of my favourites.
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My fave all-around bit for western of any kind is a Tom-thumb just because it's only as harsh as the riders hands are, but it can give that little extra 'pull' if needed.

But I've always trained from the softest up, starting with a rope halter and going from there to D-ring and then tom thumb only as the horse progresses and becomes more aware of pressures. I like the tom thumb for showing though cuz all it takes is the lift of a pinky finger to start my horse turning his head.

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post #36 of 180 Old 12-06-2010, 02:41 PM
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I always start off using the most light bit possiable. My horses have responded very well to Mylar Leveal 1 and 2 Combinations Bits. Becuase of the different leverage points it nice to be able to use the same bit for a extend periode of time.
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post #38 of 180 Old 12-21-2010, 09:38 PM
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Currently I'm using a snaffle, this is a first for me. I used to run in a Brown Futurity Combo, I'm considering the Martha Josey Million Dollar Bit on my new horse though... Anyone have any experience with it? It seems similar to the Futurity Combo, I'm just wondering if it would give me that extra control I'm looking for.
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post #39 of 180 Old 12-21-2010, 09:45 PM
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IMHO if you "need" the extra control, you need to step back in your training and revamp some things...if you use a snaffle now, there is no reason to switch if the horse has been trained properly and responds well to the cues you give.

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post #40 of 180 Old 12-22-2010, 10:38 PM
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I start all horses with a snaffle unless they come from the track and have more than 10 starts. The we use a hack. I found many of the OTT quarters respond very well this way. Our futurity colts we start in a snaffle as well.
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