bit for a barrel horse

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Western Riding

bit for a barrel horse

This is a discussion on bit for a barrel horse within the Western Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category
  • Good bit to start green horse on barrels?
  • What bit to use in a young barrel horse

LinkBack Thread Tools
    07-30-2010, 08:47 AM
Question bit for a barrel horse

This is a question from my sister:

I just started leasing a barrel horse off my BO this summer since my pony is a little too slow for me now. I got this horse going again in a snaffle, and we could walk, jog, lope, stop, flex, etc under control, but now that I am doing more fast work with her I feel like I can't control her as easily. She's a really good horse and is always trying to please, just sometimes it takes a lot to stop her or keep her going the direction I want. I tried a tom thumb on her a few times and I had a bit was a bit better but I think the short shanks were annoying her (they were short and straight). I was wondering if this is a reasonable reason to move up to another bit? And if so, what do you suggest?
Sponsored Links
    07-30-2010, 09:22 AM
Yes, if your always in her mouth fighting with her move to a bigger bit where you don't have to be in her mouth so much to control her. And ask her owner what bit she goes it, i'm sure they will know
    07-30-2010, 03:48 PM
If you cannot control the horse, a bigger bit will not solve your problems. If she is out of control at the run, then the signs are there at the trot and lope. She needs more work to get her supple and responsive to the bit, not a bigger one. If you put her in a bigger bit, it will mask the problem for a while until it comes back worse than it ever was.
    07-30-2010, 08:22 PM
This is Branded Heart again,
Smrobs, that is exactly what I told her, but the little sister factor makes it difficult for my point to be heeded.. if that word fits.
She told me she just wants a little more control but the only way to fix that is to school, school and more schooling. Lol
Thanks for the advice,
    07-30-2010, 09:22 PM
I agree, a stronger bit WON'T fix training problems...instead they just cover up the problem or make things worse like smrobs said above. A lot of people just throw there horse into a stronger bit because they don't want to take the time to acually train and school there horse...they just wanna run, run, RUN! To make a good barrel horse is just a lot of consistant daily ridding. Lots of flexing, moving off pressure, laterial work, moving the haunches/forehand..ect.
    07-31-2010, 02:07 PM
Green Broke
I agree a stronger bit will not work in the long run. Like the people that had the pony we have before we bought him were like " He NEEDS a strong bit or he is horrible.... blah blah blah" I put a snaffle bit in his mouth, he works great with it.
    07-31-2010, 08:33 PM
Thanks guys, I totally agree.
    08-17-2010, 10:09 PM
I personaly never use a snaffle in my horses even my young ones. I like to use a jr cow horse bit for starting them, a hack if they don't like the bit and for my finished horses I use a nice myler bit usually 2-3 but sometimes I have to use the 4-5. I also use gag bits on the horses that need a little extra control around the barrels.
    08-17-2010, 10:19 PM
I also want to add - Completely seperate from the bit.

It takes time for a horse to be comfortable and listen to the aids in a gallop. Do green horses automatically steer and stop from a lope? No. So to expect a horse to automatically do so in a gallop isn't reasonable. It takes practice to have control at a gallop.
    08-18-2010, 09:48 PM
Thanks all, she's found a tom thumb with copper rollers that's working well on her now.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Looking for a barrel horse in WI TheRoughrider21 Horses for Sale 3 04-07-2011 08:58 PM
Jumper Horse + Barrel Racing=Confused Horse JumperStride Horse Riding 4 07-18-2010 03:04 AM
What to look for in a Barrel Horse girl_on_black_pony Horse Riding Critique 12 04-29-2009 05:41 PM
**BARREL RACERS** 09 XL Barrel Futurity Tour & Stallion Service Auction suncolorsranch Horse Breeding 0 12-04-2008 01:11 PM
New Barrel Horse? chasin the dream Western Riding 17 11-04-2008 11:14 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:27 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0