I was at drill practice, and I noticed this one girl was riding with the million dollar bit. A week before she had been riding in a o-ring snaffle. I asked her why she switched, she said she needed more control because her horse wasn't acting right.
THE BIT DOESN'T MAKE YOUR HORSE ACT BETTER. After giving the million dollar bit a good long look, I don't understand it any more. Sure, Martha Josey wins all the time with it, but guess what, She doesn't touch her horse's face once during her run. She could run in a freaking bosal hackamore, with no issues. It's more economical to create a bit that makes you get a better time, people would rather by a bit then a $500 clinic. But, guess what. The bit does not fix training issues. It covers them up, and create issues later down the road. I'm training my filly for barrels, and I'll smack myself if I even dare to to put her in anything harsher than a twisted snaffle.
Now, I get that some barrel horses get a little out of hand, and even the softest mouthed horses get rough once they are in the gate, but with proper training, you don't need a bit that is a gag, twisted wire, dog bone, long shanked combo hackamore bit.