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post #1 of 15 Old 04-21-2014, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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Barrel Racing Bits

Well guys, many of you know I have been in the search for a horse. Well yesterday on Easter, I got a lovely surprise. Though people were turned away from this horse I suppose my father really liked him.

The four year old bay roan I had posted before now belongs to me. My dad had him vet checked when I wasn't around. When the report came back he was 100% sound, no issues and the vet said for a horse his size and build he will be a nice barrel horse when he's started.

Anyways, he handed me his papers yesterday and even though people were telling me they didn't like his build too much, I was excited. What's done is done and I'll make the best of the horse God laid in my hands.

Well let's give some information, he's four and trained under Clinton Anderson method. He is calm as can be around swinging whips, lunging, other animals. He's a tad lazy, the woman who trained him began him in spurs immediately. He is nice under saddle, good stop.
He's a little difficult to yield shoulders and hind quarter. He hasn't learned to side pass. He backs very nicely but we still have work to do on his basics, he isn't mature enough body wise to be patterned either.

Now, I'm looking for a soft bit. He works great in short short shanks with some leverage. I'm not an expert on bits, any questions? Ideas?
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post #2 of 15 Old 04-21-2014, 09:28 AM
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Soft bit = Snaffle bit.

Especially if you've still got lots of basics to teach him (ex: moving shoulders, moving hindquarters, sidepassing, etc)

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Soft bit = Snaffle bit.

Especially if you've still got lots of basics to teach him (ex: moving shoulders, moving hindquarters, sidepassing, etc)

Alright, I believe all I have are too small should I get the three piece like you have there? Roller and all? Or a two piece ?
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Alright, I believe all I have are too small should I get the three piece like you have there? Roller and all? Or a two piece ?
I very rarely use bits that are single jointed. Just my personal preferrence.

You don't necessarily need the roller, but I prefer double-jointed mouthpieces.

I have this particular snaffle and I really like it.

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I very rarely use bits that are single jointed. Just my personal preferrence.

You don't necessarily need the roller, but I prefer double-jointed mouthpieces.

I have this particular snaffle and I really like it.
Great! I'm going out to get some bumper spurs, I'm terrified of using spurs because I've seen what bad use can do. Hopefully with work his need for spurs will go away, I have a few purposes for the spurs I'm getting. Any thoughts on bumpers?

As for the bit I'll definitely get a two jointed, I don't believe I've ever tried one
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I've been using this one as a snaffle with Trooper by attaching my reins to the circle at the mouthpiece. I use it as a curb with Mia by adding a curb strap and attaching the reins at the end. Trooper does well in it, but doesn't play with the roller. Mia likes to play with the roller and ends up salivating a lot. Just FWIW. I don't barrel race and as a chubby 56 year old guy, I'm not likely to start...but the bit seems to work well with my horses.




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I've been using this one as a snaffle with Trooper by attaching my reins to the circle at the mouthpiece. I use it as a curb with Mia by adding a curb strap and attaching the reins at the end. Trooper does well in it, but doesn't play with the roller. Mia likes to play with the roller and ends up salivating a lot. Just FWIW. I don't barrel race and as a chubby 56 year old guy, I'm not likely to start...but the bit seems to work well with my horses.



Very similar to the one above! Also provides shank incase he needs a step up. Handy handy!!
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I have both the bits shown above, along with a full check French link and an eggbutt with a French link. I use the snaffles for daily work (flexing bending etc) the jr. Cowhorse for shows when I need a little more stop. The full check I use for English schooling and jumping (my horse loves to jump and it gives us something different to do) Like beau, I never use anything with a single joint. My horse likes the double joint much better.
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I got the jr cow horse shown above with the little shanks. It does not work. He is normally very good at flexing and turning but after I began loping circles and asking him to stop he tucks his nose and stops. Not fast, it's slow and I end up having to be really heavy on my hands to get him to stop. At a walk and trot he's great, but as soon as I ask for a lope (he has a very long stride which makes his lope feel fast to me) it's hard.
I sit deep back, pull to my hips and say whoa loudly. He drops his head and does what I ask so far as tucking his head and starting to engage his hindquarters, but he goes another fifteen to thirty seconds at a long trot and walk before he eventually stops.
Any ideas? Bits? I hate to put something harder in his mouth.
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Stopping from the lope has nothing to do with the bit you're using. Your horse does not have the balance to stop on cue, with you yanking on his face, from a lope. My mare is the same, she'll stop on a dime at the walk/trot but takes awhile to slow down from a canter (she has a long/fast stride).

You need to work more on his lope than what bit you're using. Not to mention, he should always e using his hind end, not just when he's stopping.
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