I went to a Barrel Racing clinic this winter. The clinician had brought along all her bits and went through them and said what horses they should be used for and why. She said if we wanted to try a different bit in our horse we could talk to her and see what she recommended. I went and talked to her and she let me try a bit that was a locked gag, 7" shanks, twisted dogbone mouthpiece and a curb set back. My horse worked amazing in it. It was a custom ordered bit so she gave me the site she got it from. We aren't using it for more control but to help her on turns.
I still need to order it.. But I went to gaming practice for 4-h on Monday. I was riding in a D-ring roller snaffle and she told me to go into a gag bit like my friends, which was a wonder bit. I told her about the bit I had used at the barrel clinic and she was horrified by it. She uses some crazy bits on her horses also that I would be horrified to use.
If I do order it, I am going to get a plain dogbone mouthpiece.
The bit is here (#179-the picture right below): L & W Bits - Lift Bits
I'm a light handed rider, I do a lot of bending/flexing, work on moving hips/shoulders so I'm not using it for more control. Just to help her on her turns. The horse I would be using it on is a Thoroughbred who had race training but never raced and she can run home and I can stop her in a snaffle.
Picture is with her in the bit. Opinions?
Also I won't be able to get this bit until around July 1st, at our Fleet Farm they have a bit with a little bit more gag, I don't believe it has a curb setback, but it has a plain dogbone. We are going there tonight and I don't know if I should get that and try her in that.
Thanks for reading this dreadly long post...