barrel racing bits-turning!
I have this quarter horse mare that's been on barrels for about 6 months now, she is super super responsive at walk/trot on the pattern, when slow loping she is good for the most part too, but especially when asking more speed she will grab onto the bit sometimes on the turns and you can literally yank her rein with two hands and she'll just flail out and hold onto the bit, her head barely even moves, she just locks her jaws or something (keeping in mind Im putting a lot of leg on her when needed) I'm stuck and don't know what to do, I don't want to be hard on her mouth and I never am hard on her but when she does that I don't know if she needs a better bit for turning or? She also grabs onto the bit running home on occasion, she will eventually stop after a few strides, but once again grabs on. Does anyone know any bits that are not too harsh but will get her more responsive on the turns if needed? She is in just a regular snaffle with longer shanks right now.. she is a great horse just sometimes decides to grab onto the bit and I just think she may need a little stronger of a bit for turning, help! Thanks!=)