What bit and reins do you use?
Just doing some research on new tack for Trigger. Curious as to what you all use for bits when barrel racing and what reins you use with that bit. As for now he does best of course in a snaffle and I just have split leather reins, but I also borrow other bits from my trainer depending on what we are learning at that point. (Note: 1-He can neck rein, he just lopes funky not in a snaffle. 2- I have NOT competed with him, we are just working on patterning and stuff like that for now, so split reins have been fine thus far) Anyhoo, just curious to your choices for bits and reins when barrel racing! :D
As far as what bit you use for barrel racing, that is going vary GREATLY from horse to horse.
I personally like to have a bit that I use only for competition barrels, and a different bit for schooling on barrels, and a different bit for regular trail riding. I am a big believer in using different bits for different events. I myself am still trying to figure out what my new horse works best in, so at this point I've been using either a snaffle bit or a Wonder Bit for training, although he does seem to do really well with a Little S hack with pole bending. My old guy I used to ride in a Jr. Cowhorse with a twisted mouthpiece for competition, and then the rest of his riding (he didn't need tuning very often at all on the pattern) was in a medium-shank bit with a dog bone center.
But you are going to get a lot of different answers as far as a favorite bit for barrel racing, because it is so different for each horse.
As far as reins, these are my favorite for barrel racing.
The nylon is easy to care for, and it comes in lots of colors. But I love that you can get them exactly the right length, and I really find the pre-made knots quite useful.
Currently working on a bit and I use the same reins as mentioned above:
Only in blue and black :wink:
Thanks all! Going to look into some single barrel reins this weekend :) another question- dont judge because I'm still new to barrel racing, when you run, do you hold yours single handed or double?
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I use a Wonderbit in training
and a Wonderbit or a dogbone snaffle in competition. And my reins are like the ones they posted above in purple and black :-)http://www.horseforum.com/t0.gstatic...po2JnJT6YTFQ9f
What a loaded question! :-P Depending on event I use different tack. I hold my barrel reins with ONE hand normally sometimes two, but ONE hand is best. You grip the horn with the other hand and rein with the other.
Normal schooling is done in a copper inlay snaffle for Walker my QH and a Copper Roller for Charlie my Arab. Gaming I use an s hack for mounted shooting, a Jr. Cowhorse for barrels or a snaffle depending on location.
Reins I use the same braided ones for barrel racing! Lots of grip and knots for you to hold onto. I love my cotton reins, I have so many pairs my favorite are the ones with leather ends by the bit, my other favorites are my rubber grip reins with leather ends. SO awesome, especially for water rides.
I use a jr cow horse with unknotted nylon or leather reins
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It really depends on what I am doing.........I have different bits for about everything I do with the horses. I have a bit for exercising, tuning, softening & suppling, training, & running. And they all vary.
For reins I like the knotted nylon reins like shown above.
In general, you want to use two hands in-between the barrels, and then one hand to turn the barrel (with your free outside hand bracing yourself against the saddle horn).
I like to train my horses that way from the start, so even as youngsters new to barrel racing, I can still turn the barrel one-handed.
Not everyone will train that way, so you will sometimes see horses-in-training having the rider use two hands during the turn as well.
There's not necessarily a right or wrong, just as long as it is working for your horse.
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