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huntergrl 12-06-2012 08:27 PM

speaking of bit shopping
I found an add posted on a local site for a Lot of western gear. When I asked for a picture I received on of the bit and bridle for sale. I looked up the bit because I hadn't seen it before. It's a Western SS Copper Moon Wonder Gag bit. When I looked it up I noticed in the picture they had it upside down on their headstall. LOL!!!
Has anything had experience with this type of bit though? Is it really as good as the reviews say?

They also had a Circle S barrel saddle. Is that a good made saddle?

Casey02 12-06-2012 08:45 PM

Wonder bits are a lot of shank for being a snaffle mouth piece... Therefor no I really don't like them. Circle S saddles are cheaper saddles

BarrelRacingLvr 12-06-2012 09:03 PM

First....why are you looking for a different bit? Are you new to the barrel racing world? Just curious....

huntergrl 12-07-2012 06:52 AM

Yes.LOL Very new to the barrel racing world. I have done hunter/jumper and dressage for 20 years. I did however do some western pleasure classes and some gaming ones just for fun. I hate the bulkiness of my western saddle. Its a roping saddle or it may be a trail its large and heavy. I really want to compete and have fun. I think my new QH will be a great fit for it too. I'm really thinking the barrel saddles with a round skirt will be best, he has a short back. I have no idea as far as bridles what would be best and it seems the snaffle is a little large in his mouth. He does fine for pleasure riding with the snaffle though. If it doesn't fit though it can't be comfortable for him.

huntergrl 12-07-2012 06:54 AM

Sorry for all the typos in the OP, I was tired and it was a long day! I screwed it up big time.

BarrelRacingLvr 12-07-2012 09:42 AM

If the horse works good in the snaffle I don't see the need to change to a different bit. And yes barrel saddles are a lot less bulky and they are way lighter.

For the brand of saddle your looking at I would go out and by a used name brand saddle. Because they look cheap and low quality...with not so great reviews.

beau159 12-07-2012 02:53 PM

Ditto to barrelracinglvr.

If your horse works fine in a plain snaffle, there are no rules in barrel racing that dictates what bit you have to use, so just use the snaffle for barrels.

I personally do like the Wonder Bit, when it works for certain horses. However the only thing to be careful of with any gag bit is that the horse can kind of "get used to it" over time and not respond as softly or swiftly.

It worked fantastic for my horse, combined with a German martingale, to teach him to break at the poll. He was having a hard time understanding what I wanted, and I tried that and boom! He got it. So I'll use it from time to time as a tune up sort of thing.

As far as saddles, you'll want to stick with name brands such as Billy Cook, Circle Y, Tex Tan, Double J, Bob Marshall, Martin, etc. Often, you can find these saddles used for a little bit cheaper than new, but they do hold their value very well if you take care of them.

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