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post #1 of 10 Old 08-20-2010, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Bits for barrel racing!

Im new to all the events in gymkhana and I've done a few runs but not enough to call myself the least bit experencied. I have gotten into it so much that I want to start looking for a good barrel racing bit. I have found 1 that I am curious about but I have no idea if the would be good or not. I need a bit that isnt harsh but will give me more control on the face pressures for turning.
If you have any suggestion please feel free to post them!!!

Bit 336 - The Tack Stop

With this bit(^^^^) I am not sure if the break in the middle would push aganst the roof of my horse's mouth.

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post #2 of 10 Old 08-20-2010, 04:25 PM
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that's actually a nice starter bit to use, and if your worried about it hitting his mouth (which honestly unless he has a low pallet it shouldn't bother him) there should be a 3 piece mouth piece. It has some slight gag action which is a great thing in barrel racing because it lets the horse slowly feel the full bit pressure. But with that gag you want to use these
Easy Button Bit Guards - The Tack Stop

Or else it will pinch his mouth.

But the bit is only half, the rest relies on the training.
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You don't need a barrel bit. Any bit your horse works well in is fine.

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post #4 of 10 Old 08-21-2010, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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I want a seprate bit from the one I have been using because I have a whole other bit for western pleasure

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What bit do you use for pleasure? Atleast that could give us a starting point.

That bit looks a lot like the jr cowhorse bit that I used on my runner. If you are looking for a three piece because he does have a low mouth...heres a jr cowhorse (at half the price!) with a dogbone. http://www.tacktraders.com/images/vi...productId=1427

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post #6 of 10 Old 08-21-2010, 10:42 PM
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A good, compatible team can do it best in just an eggbutt

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A good, compatible team can and should do it in just an eggbutt
Any snaffle is ideal. I run in a D ring sometimes. I do have a "barrel bit" I ride in when racing and when not because my horse just loves it. It has rollers on it that just keep him happy. So long as your horse is happy and you are not over bitting him to fix a training problem, you don't need to change bits just because you're running barrels.
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post #8 of 10 Old 08-21-2010, 11:36 PM
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Any snaffle is ideal. I run in a D ring sometimes. I do have a "barrel bit" I ride in when racing and when not because my horse just loves it. It has rollers on it that just keep him happy. So long as your horse is happy and you are not over bitting him to fix a training problem, you don't need to change bits just because you're running barrels.
western pleasure bits make terriable barrel bits. Each bit is made for a specific purpose and that bit the OP found is gentler than most curbed pleasure bits
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post #9 of 10 Old 08-22-2010, 04:56 AM
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Each bit is made for a specific purpose
Very true - It's funny how most bits used for barrel racing should NOT be as that isn't their purpose. Even many bits labelled as 'barrel bits'.

I stand by the others - A simple snaffle is best for gameing, hands down.

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Depends on the bit, I must of missed whatever bit it was she was currently riding in.
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