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Tennessee 03-31-2009 06:19 PM

Has This Been Done?
I am starting a horse in barrel racing, but we are no longer using bits in my family. Has anyone ever used a Noavel headstall or bitless bridle while barrel racing, or do you know someone who has?

I have found that bits are no good for me, especially on horses that are also going to be used on trail.

Jane Honda 03-31-2009 06:32 PM

I used to do games in a mechanical hackamore. Worked great. Just a flat leather nose, and a soft curb strap.

BuckOff41570 03-31-2009 08:09 PM

I've seen hackamores used. Beetle hack, stop and turn, and ez stop.
I've seen a "bitless bridle" once. The horse was seasoned on barrels and still had several mistakes that could have been avoided had the horse been bitted up accordingly. I'm just not a fan of hacks for barrel racing. I'm more of a snaffle enthusiast.

Spastic_Dove 03-31-2009 08:14 PM

It can be done. Like BuckOff, I prefer they have a foundation with a snaffle but if you know what you're doing training them and can adjust accordingly, you will be fine.

morganshow11 03-31-2009 09:01 PM

I use a hackamore on my barrel horse and he is awsome!

Flyinghigh12 03-31-2009 10:47 PM

I'd try a bosal or even a rope halter if ur horse is really responsive.

RedRoan 04-01-2009 12:08 AM

My friend runs and places in the top ten in the association (can't remember it at this time) that she is apart of and she uses a hackamore. But barrel racers (the horses) tend to be a little on the hot side, and I think it just all depends on how well trained your horse is.

BarneyBabby 04-01-2009 12:36 AM

I have seen people do it! If you dont mind me asking, why arent you useing bits anymore?

MN Tigerstripes 04-01-2009 11:35 AM

A friend of mine uses a bosal in games. The horse does great....

Cowboys girl 04-01-2009 06:10 PM

i use a mechanical hackmore. it works great...

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