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post #1 of 10 Old 06-06-2013, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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FAVORITE Barrel Racing Bits?!

I've been looking for a new bit FOREVER. And I'm having a hard time deciding. So I'm wondering what's everyone's favorite bit.
But for my horse I'm thinking something with a dog bone or some kind of three piece.

I'm fully aware that further training and refreshing is always the first step before trying a new bit, but also sometimes something different is needed. And this is one of those times, everyone that has ridden him agrees but have nothing to suggest.

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post #2 of 10 Old 06-06-2013, 10:59 PM
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I've been looking for a new bit FOREVER. And I'm having a hard time deciding. So I'm wondering what's everyone's favorite bit.
But for my horse I'm thinking something with a dog bone or some kind of three piece.

I'm fully aware that further training and refreshing is always the first step before trying a new bit, but also sometimes something different is needed. And this is one of those times, everyone that has ridden him agrees but have nothing to suggest.
Well before we suggest anything...what is the horse doing that suggests he needs a different bit?

Conformation is how far the horse CAN go,
Mind is how far the horse WILL go,
Training is how far it DOES go.
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post #3 of 10 Old 06-07-2013, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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Well before we suggest anything...what is the horse doing that suggests he needs a different bit?
Probably should have put that in the first place, oops!!
But I'm currently riding him in a tom thumb, and he really just works against it the entire time your riding him. And it's not just rider error like a lot of problems are, multiple people of different riding levels have as well and experience the same problems.
If he gets nervous or uneasy when your riding along with asking to collect he tenses up when the bit splits up in his mouth.
And his teeth have been checked recently, along if you ride him in a halter he's fine; just doesn't have any breaks.
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post #4 of 10 Old 06-07-2013, 05:01 PM
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This bit is in general horrible. I would grab a plain snaffle to get him accepting contact and not fighting you anymore. Once you get him working nice and with you again then worry about finding something else , if needed. A couple suggestions would be jr cow horse , butterfly bit etc but try and stick with a short shank I you do move up.
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post #5 of 10 Old 06-07-2013, 06:41 PM
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Probably should have put that in the first place, oops!!
But I'm currently riding him in a tom thumb, and he really just works against it the entire time your riding him. And it's not just rider error like a lot of problems are, multiple people of different riding levels have as well and experience the same problems.
If he gets nervous or uneasy when your riding along with asking to collect he tenses up when the bit splits up in his mouth.
And his teeth have been checked recently, along if you ride him in a halter he's fine; just doesn't have any breaks.
Most likely your problem is stemming from the Tom Thumb......Those bits just need to be thrown in the garbage or melted down into scrap metal. I also agree with BRA, take him back to a snaffle and give him a refresher course with the basics of his foundation. Never hurts to put a horse back in a snaffle and give them a refresher course. I put mine back in a snaffle at least 1 time during the week to keep them light, soft, and supple. After that THEN proceed to get a different bit.

Some nice bits that are popular are-

Jr. Cowhorse
Easy 5
Butterfly Bit
Simplicity Bit
Sherry Cervi (Short Shank)

Conformation is how far the horse CAN go,
Mind is how far the horse WILL go,
Training is how far it DOES go.
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post #6 of 10 Old 06-07-2013, 07:06 PM
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I second everything said above ^

Also, Sweet Six bits are popular and I like them a lot. As well as things like the Little S Hackamore, and the o ring combo bit.

For what it's worth, I run Selena in a short shank jr. cowhorse with copper rollers. I've also grown quite fond of the Pozzi Lifter bits, because they come in a smooth three piece. I like smooth better than twisted, though I use both.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #7 of 10 Old 06-07-2013, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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That's what I was thinking about doing, but it's always nice to have others opinions, and suggestions about bits. Some people I know love the tom thumb and put it on every horse.. It's kinda strange.
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post #8 of 10 Old 06-07-2013, 09:41 PM
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I like a snaffle, personally.
Occasionally I'll use one of the following:
Jr cowhorse
3-piece reiner with a roller
Tear drop shanked 3-piece sweet iron with wrapped copper center
Short shanked 3-piece with a wrapped copper center.
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post #9 of 10 Old 06-08-2013, 09:02 AM
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We bought my daughter (11 years old) a finished barrel horse for her to learn on...had her 2nd race last night, and knocked 6 seconds off of her previous time. Ran in an an o-ring snaffle. I had someone ask me how I could put her on a horse in that bit, but that horse is so broke that she can run and stop in a simple bit. I am a fan of as little as possible...no martingale, no tie down, and loose reins even.


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post #10 of 10 Old 06-08-2013, 01:23 PM
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My horse loves her pinchless o-ring! More than any 3 piece bit for some reason. And occasionally I use a jr cowhorse 3 piece with a copper roller but I never run in it because she pretty much steers herself and she's happier in the o-ring anyway.
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