^ Yes, I LOVE these bits on my horses. So many people have excellent success with them!
That's one of my pet peeves...Seeing barrel horses with all go and no whoa. It's asking for a disaster. As far as I'm concerned, if I say whoa, loose rein or not, at any gait, that horse should be stopping as of yesterday....I won't make them stop hard at the end of a barrel run, but I like the idea of knowing I am able to. A bit on a barrel horse is for lift, rate, applying pressure where the individual horse prefers, etc...Never brakes.
Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.