"I don't think she would run in a snaffle"
So my eternal battle continues.
So I switched my barrel mare to the sharon camarillo sweet six o-ring after a long battle of finding something she wouldn't fight. It had been a lot of work getting her comfortable with it, and once she started working with it she was great. But now I don't think she should use it, because even though she works BETTER in it than the others I tried, she's not working WELL. It turns out I was a little blinded by the lack of head flinging, which is normally her major problem.
But looking back, I still notice her flinging her head. So I decided very plainly that I'm going to put her back in a snaffle no matter what, because I've never once had a problem with that.
But thinking back on a previous conversation, I remember the owner saying "I don't think she would run barrels in a snaffle. I mean, she might, but...."
So. Tell me. HOW MANY OF YOUR HORSES RUN BARRELS IN A SNAFFLE? Tell me I'm not alone, in this day in age where new bit contraptions come out like mad. I plan on taking her to our first race in a snaffle with the sweet six packed just in cas she really does need the extra bite.
Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.