Barrel Racing bit

       The Horse Forum > Horse Tack > Horse Tack and Equipment

Barrel Racing bit

This is a discussion on Barrel Racing bit within the Horse Tack and Equipment forums, part of the Horse Tack category
  • Thom thumb bit for barrel racing
  • Barrel racing bad turning new bit

LinkBack Thread Tools
    08-05-2010, 09:02 AM
Barrel Racing bit

What is a good bit to start and ride a new barrel horse?...She has a very hard mouth, and I am currently riding her in a tom-thumb with a curb chain. I don't know what are regulations though, or what is right to start her in. Any ideas?
Sponsored Links
    08-05-2010, 10:22 AM
Tom thumb is actually a very bad bit to use in barrel racing, since the shanks are straight with no curve and the sides aren't their own like a real barrel bit or reining bit. It's all leverage coming down on the horses poll when your trying to make them turn.
If you want something similar to what you have but better, something like this Loose Cheek Black Snaffle Bit -
Three Piece Loose Cheek Snaffle Bit -
Both those bits sides are able to move freely and there more curve to the shanks so less leverage.
As for the being hard mouthed part, that's a training issue. You have to work on that. Doesn't matter how big a bit is if the horse doesn't want to listen to it they won't, not without the right training.
And there are no bit regulations in barrel racing.
    08-05-2010, 12:34 PM
I don't really understand the difference.
I haven't barrel raced in a while, and last time I did, it was in a bit-less bridle, with a dead-broke gelding.

Thank you so much for the information, it really helps.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Barrel Racing Phantomcolt18 Horse Riding Critique 9 04-07-2010 09:53 PM
Barrel Racing dixiegirl Horse Training 11 07-09-2009 01:34 PM
new to barrel racing...any help at all? chika1235 Western Riding 5 04-02-2009 11:11 PM
Me Barrel Racing! TurnNBurn17 Horse Videos 12 06-30-2008 12:55 AM
Barrel Racing Vidaloco Horse Talk 8 12-14-2007 11:39 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:39 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0