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post #1 of 9 Old 05-18-2013, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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What bit?

I do gymkhanas with my mare and right now I'm using a ringed snaffle side pull. I need a good barrel racing bit or at least something that'll give me more control. I want to stop using the side pull and go back to using my old bridle, which also has a ringed snaffle. Just need something with control, but I prefer not to use a hackemore. Any ideas?
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post #2 of 9 Old 05-18-2013, 11:39 PM
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Why do you feel like you need more controll than your sidepull?
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Why do you feel like you need more controll than your sidepull?
Well, kinda. I get some control with the side pull but I feel like the bit is to simple for her and she's taking advantage of it.
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Have you ridden her in a hackamore yet? I wouldnt ride barrels in a leverage (mechanical) hackamore- my friend used to ride in one but i would go for an S-hackamore- you can try a combination hackamore and snaffle bit.
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I have not ridden her in a hackemore. I can try it, I'm just not that big of a fan of them. Thanks for the advice, I'll try that and see how she does.

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Cool- let me know how she does!
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There are some very recent threads on this in the Barrel Racing subforum (of Riding Horses, I think.)

Lots of people like the junior cowhorse type bits.

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Are you sure this is not a training gap? I am not against bumping up to a stronger bit for gaming, however only when a horse is totally finished and responding well in a snaffle.

One of my favorites for a light horse just coming out of the snaffle is this:

Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com Junior Cow Horse Roller Dog Bone Gag Bit

Or, this sweet six.

Sweet Six Iron Wrap O-Ring Mouth Bit - Jeffers

I do agree the little S hack is a wonderful option. However, you really have to have the "hackamore horse" for it. It's pretty light.
beau159 and toto like this.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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I've taken a look at both those bits and I'd prefer that over a hackemore. A snaffle is just to simple for my mare. She's stubborn and her training is really good. I think I'm going to try a jr. Cow horse, but not sure yet :/
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