09-02-2011, 11:46 AM
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I use a Martha Million Dollar bit, and I agree %100 with bubba13.
My mare shakes her head like CRAZY with this bit in the gait, never any other bit. She does amazing once she is on the pattern, so long as I stay out of her way. One miss up with this bit, you give you horse a completely wrong cue.
The ONLY reason I use it. My mare is a 20 hard mouthed booger. Her mouth has been jacked up by years of a harsh team roper and it's very hard for her to get a soft, supple mouth. I use this bit on my drill team because I need a little more "whoa" when we do the catch up (full out gallop in one of the manuevers) at competitions. I can ride her just fine in practice with a snaffle, but she gets out of my hands quick at competitions. Make that hand, seeming that I ride with a flag. She responds perfectly with it, but, then again, I am riding mostly with my seat, legs, and body position, as any rider (and barrel racer, for that matter) should.