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    11-29-2012, 05:59 PM
Barrel Racing/Gymkhana Bits?

I have a gelding who is used to being ridden in a mild curb. He is a semi retired roping horse, and has done a little bit of everything. I have recently started repatterning him and really focusing on the perfect pattern instead of speed and since my "natural horsemsmahip epiphany" (I was raised to just put a tiedown on them and ride like hell) I have started realizing he does not exactly like being run in the curb I have him in, and he has some softness issues (as in he is too hard mouthed) with the snaffle, but we are working on that. So, what is a good bit/hackamore that you would recommend for barrels, poles, and other gykhana work?

This is pretty close to what he is ridden in except his has a shorter port.
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    11-29-2012, 06:15 PM
I would try a Jr Cowhorse with him. I have a 3 piece mouth with copper roller and 5" shanks. I love that bit and my horse works extremely well in it.

A bit like the one you posted is not sufficent for racing in. Although im sure you know that.
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    11-29-2012, 06:40 PM
Okay. I have a question now. Are Broken mouthpieces with shanks harsher than a solid? For instance, would a correctional be considered harsher than this bit?
    11-29-2012, 06:48 PM
I can't see the picture on school internet, but I second the jr. Cowhorse. It has a lot of mouthpiece options.

As for harshness, I don't like ports on barrel horses except in rare instances. Since I run almost primarily in gag bits, I already have pressure on every possible pressure point that I try to keep the palate (roof of the mouth) pressure to a minimum, and ports work off the palate. It doesn't necessarily mean it's harsher. It also depends on the broken mouthpiece. I like double jointed or three piece mouths (I LOVE a twisted dogbone and the copper roller mouthpieces), but if I need a little more "Bite" I'll go to a smooth single joint and then as a last resort the twisted single joint. The single joint is going to pinch more than a three piece. I wouldn't ever do a small twisted single joint though.
These are some jr. Cowhorses.

Jr Cow Horse Bits - The Tack Stop

Here's another option: The sharon camarillo tender touch. I LOVE this bit. It's soft and is balanced very well.

Tender Touch - The Tack Stop
    11-29-2012, 06:48 PM
This is also going to depend on how your horse responds to poll pressure, how the horse runs, if they need more lift or rate, etc. As a general rule though, the jr. Cowhorse and tender touch are pretty mild and pretty balanced.
    11-29-2012, 08:36 PM
Jr Cow Horse Bit 349 - The Tack Stop

This is the one I use. I like the mouthpiece because it wont have the "nutcracker" effect of a 2 piece snaffle. My horse stays balanced doesnt drop her shoulder. If she does, she's very easy to pick back up and really works well in this bit.

Her previous bit was a gag/hack with a large chain mouthpiece. This mare perfers the Jr Cowhorse wayyyy more then the gag/hack. Difference is night and day.
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    11-30-2012, 12:48 AM
^ That is the one I use on Selena too. She has a super soft mouth but needs that teensy bit of gag and shank to lift and rate so it's good for her. Of course it would depend on what Ethan's horse needs specifically.
    11-30-2012, 01:43 AM
I'm no help for this question.... My horse is super picky and prefers hacks over bits and chain mouths over any other mouth pieces.

My old horse ran in a Sherry Cervi Diamond Lifter Short Shank twisted wire dog bone and that was honestly the ONLY bit her old owner rode her in. I don't really like how any other of the horses I have ridden felt in it.

Sherry Cervi Diamond Lifter Short Shank Twisted Wire DogBone - The Tack Stop

My current horse prefers to run in a gag/hack with a chain mouth that I have no clue what it is called. I can also run her in a goose tree simplicity with a chain mouth I just don't like how she feels in it. I'm ordering a Johnson Hackamore for her to try it though.

*I do have to say though that my horse is extremely bendy and can turn like there is tomorrow. She is bendy in just about any bit you put her in and nothing affects her or really stiffens her up.

Simplicity Chain Mouth Bit - The Tack Stop

Johnson Hackamore - The Tack Stop

For your horse I do agree with the junior cowhorse.

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