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    08-01-2011, 12:39 AM
I will definitely look into a smooth snaffle.
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    08-02-2011, 10:39 PM
Okkay, well I guess we all have different opinions on types of bits and which are harsh and which arent? But I personally love the Million Dollar bit... I feel it works in all aspects I expect. I have been riding all different kinds/ breeds/ and types of horses for years and have found this bit to be the most adaptabe to all the horses. Also I have had my horse Petey since he was 4, he's about 18 now, still runs barrels in the Million Dollar bit, as he has since he was 6. Has no problems and most deffinetly doesnt have "permanent denting" on his nose?? Anyway, different bits for different people.... sorry if I sprung up a whole discusion, just posted my opinion for a bit:)
    08-03-2011, 01:19 PM
Well, I just bought my quarter a smooth snaffle. Lets hope that works out
    08-26-2011, 08:39 PM
I use the charmayne james bit
    09-02-2011, 10:46 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.
    09-03-2011, 12:48 PM
Would this be a good bit?
    09-03-2011, 10:45 PM
No--it's just a (worse) version of the Josey Million Dollar bit.
    09-29-2011, 12:27 AM
I 100% agree with Bubba, I do not own, nor would I ever have use for a combination bit like the Martha Josey bit. I want my horses light in the face. Not hard, and tough and throwing their head up in the air cause they don't know what I meant. I don't like the fact that you pull on both the nose and mouth same time, etc etc like Bubba said.
This girl (bubba) has an insane amount of bit knowledge. If you need advice on bits, she is the one I would listen to. I have learned a great deal from her in the past year. Smooth snaffle is a good starting point.
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    09-29-2011, 10:55 AM
Originally Posted by justineaiken    
YOWZER! Triple play BAD!!--gag, hard plastic noseband AND twisted wire mouthpiece. EVEN the US Cavalry just used a high port with an s-shaped shank (& 3" purchase)-- I thought THAT was too severe.
Haven't we learned that we are training the horse's BRAIN and NOT their mouth, yet?!?!?

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