I've been barrel racing for a while, but every horse that I have rode always wore a bit. My horse Andie rides in a bit but a week ago somebody suggested I ride her in a hackamore.
I tried one on her for the first time the other night and just walked a few patterns to see how it went. She responded very well but I couldn't turn her like I can when she has a bit in and gave her a few mixed signals before straightening things out. I'm guessing part of it has to do with the hackamore I used (Pictured below).
I was just curious to hear if hackamores work well when running speed patterns and if they have any effect on turning ect. Thanks! :)