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        07-03-2014, 12:23 PM
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    Trained
    Have you considered any of the western curb bits? When a horse stretches its head out, a single joint snaffle can pinch the cheek between the snaffle and the molars, creating sharp pain and even cuts. With the head stretched out, all snaffles can be kind of harsh - notice the difference where pressure is applied between a horse with a vertical face and one stretched out:



    The rotating action of a curb can be good for a horse who stretches out.
         
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        07-03-2014, 01:50 PM
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    Green Broke
    I know many barrel racers who race in a hackamore. Why not try one of those? Its bitless like your horse likes and still gives you brakes.

    However I don't think the issue is with the horse. It sounds like the issue is your hands combined with your horse needing more schooling.

    A properly trained barrel horse can run full out in a pattern then come to a complete stand still by just sitting up and deep in the saddle and walk out of the ring quietly on a loose rein.
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