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    08-05-2010, 10:02 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?
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    08-05-2010, 11:22 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, 01:34 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.

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