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    01-10-2012, 07:46 PM
Question What bit should I be using

Im not sure what bit I should use. I am kind of a beginner I guess. I am going to do 4h and barrel race with my horse. Milkshake(my horse) is only 7 if you need anything more from me just ask
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    01-10-2012, 08:15 PM
Well, you can check to see what they have for western bits and if so barrel racing bits, I ride English so I can't help much.
    01-10-2012, 08:30 PM
I am also doing a bit of jumping so if anyone can tell me what different bits I should use for jumping, barrel racing, and just pleasure riding. It is all the same horse
    01-10-2012, 08:36 PM
Green Broke
What bit are you currently using? Are you working with a trainer/instructor?
    01-10-2012, 08:38 PM
Green Broke
You will also want to consult the 4-H handbook (available online if you don't already have one - I will gladly post the link if you need it) as to what is acceptable/allowed and/or required for what you will be doing.
    01-10-2012, 08:43 PM
Currently I am pretty sure im using a snaffle for everything but should I switch that out for what I am doing. Show me the handbook rules about the 4h
    01-10-2012, 10:12 PM
Green Broke
If the horse works well in a snaffle then ride it in a snaffle. My two both ride in them, French links. One is 10 one is 4, jumping, trailing, dressage and flat- all in their snaffles.
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    01-10-2012, 10:16 PM
I don't know much about barrel racing, but I'd stay with snaffle for jumping. Preferably french link or oval mouth.
    01-10-2012, 10:24 PM
OP, you are going to have two different bridles, right? One western and one English? If so, keep the snaffle for the English bridle and I'm not sure about the western. I'm not even going to mention a kind of bit as I have no knowledge at all about western riding that would be helpful.
    01-10-2012, 11:05 PM
If your horse works well in the snaffle, use it for everything. You will want to check with 4H regulations, though, as they may require a curb for barrel racing. In that case, I might look into a dogbone junior cowhorse.

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