"I don't think she would run in a snaffle" - The Horse Forum

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post #1 of 127 Old 11-23-2011, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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"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.
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #2 of 127 Old 11-23-2011, 11:35 PM
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I'm confused and don't understand why she WOULDN'T run in a snaffle? I guess the only thing you could do is set up barrels and try her out. I'm not a barrel person by the way, I ride dressage so I am really curious in regards to this question and have no real background to my answer here. When I was a kid I ran my QH around barrels in play days and the such with a snaffle and we usually came out no worse than 3rd place.
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post #3 of 127 Old 11-23-2011, 11:48 PM
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Me. I do all my gaming in a snaffle. Wildey got zone champion 5 years in a row in his snaffle :)

Just give it a go, can't hurt!
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post #4 of 127 Old 11-23-2011, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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Exactly Cinny. I don't see why either. I want her to run in a snaffle, but the owner doesn't think she will. We've had a lot of conflict over the bit issue since I started riding the mare.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #5 of 127 Old 11-23-2011, 11:50 PM
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Do you have a video?
Why can't she stay in a snaffle?

I only use 5 bits: Myler comfort snaffle...loose ring...gag snaffle...loomis and simplicity bit.

My mare runs in a loose ring or loomis
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post #6 of 127 Old 11-23-2011, 11:52 PM
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This is what I am thinking of right now, LOL

Horse with harsh bit "Hey, I don't like this bit, it kinda feels pinchy, it kinda hurts and that rider might yank the reins on me. Maybe I shouldn't go too fast just to avoid that yank"

Horse with comfy bit" do I have something in my mouth? Oh wait, there's a barrel, oh I get to run, hey watch me go"

Hmmmmmm I wonder if we put something snazzy, barrel racer-y, flashy, gutsy in the mouth of a TB, it would make him run races faster and win them better too???

Okay, I'm done being stupid and unproductive now........
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post #7 of 127 Old 11-23-2011, 11:54 PM
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^^Logic FAIL....LOL.
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post #8 of 127 Old 11-24-2011, 12:17 AM
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It's not about speed; it's about the ability to position the horse for the turns. Some will work in a snaffle and some won't.
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post #9 of 127 Old 11-24-2011, 03:27 PM
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I know, as I said I was just being stupid and unproductive and in a stupid silly mood. I'm actually interested in the answers and the outcomes because I want to learn more about barrels, what works, what doesn't, etc etc. Not that I really want to race Cin competitively, but it might be fun to do a couple of "fun days" with him, or do some runs once in a while to break up the monotony of his arena work. He so loves a good run and he was bred for speed events, cutting, etc.
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post #10 of 127 Old 11-24-2011, 03:34 PM
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The thing with barrels is running is the easy part, but turning might prove to be a little harder.
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