Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
Like that one, skip, but with a dogbone or lifesaver in the middle.
I do like that Argentine bit you posted as well, I'm going to be buying one to see how I like it in my horse's mouth.
I personally like combos as well though. BUT, not for a beginner barrel horse. I use combos when I give a tune up on a horse once in a blue moon because they've gotten lazy (seasoned barrel horse who just decided she didn't feel like listening one day). One ride in a combo with light hands (didn't have to pull like I did in the almost snaffle low port bit she was ridden in usually) and she went right back to being light in the low port. It's just easier on me to use something that has the potential to be very harsh with light hands than to haul on something with less power. Doesn't mean everyone can do it though. Only time I'll ride in a combo for a quick "get it together" ride is when I'm in a great and patient mood, no way am I going to risk getting annoyed and bopping them in the mouth with that kind of leverage. They aren't to fix problems or ti routinely ride in (IMPO), they're for BTDT horses that get lazy every once in awhile.
No single jointed mouthpiece has any right to be on a shanked bit, IMO. That's poor design with cruel intent (atleast in my mind).
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