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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.
I used to do games in a mechanical hackamore. Worked great. Just a flat leather nose, and a soft curb strap.
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.
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.
I use a hackamore on my barrel horse and he is awsome!
I'd try a bosal or even a rope halter if ur horse is really responsive.
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.
I have seen people do it! If you dont mind me asking, why arent you useing bits anymore?
A friend of mine uses a bosal in games. The horse does great....
i use a mechanical hackmore. it works great...
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