Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cariboo, British Columbia
That dogbone is an excellent transition bit, I had the exact same one but for total neck reining with one hand, I found it lacked clear lateral signals with direct rein help. You might have better luck with it than me however, I found swivel mouth and cheek piece bits with long shanks gave more clear lateral movement with minimal hand movement. The Robarts bit I mentioned earlier, replaced my need for the dogbone since I found it's even better for transitioning from direct reining to neck reining but it still moveable enough to be excellent to tune up two handed. I can't say enough good things about that bit, everyone who has bought it on my show circuit will turn up at a show with a different fancier curb during the season but I noticed at the provincials or a bigger qualifying show, their horses are back in the Robarts. I have more curbs than most local tack shops, since using the Robarts, I don't bother buying or even looking at western bits now, right there that bit saved me money!
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