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post #1 of 10 Old 07-30-2010, 08:47 AM Thread Starter
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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. Shes 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?

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post #2 of 10 Old 07-30-2010, 09:22 AM
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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
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post #3 of 10 Old 07-30-2010, 03:48 PM
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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.

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post #4 of 10 Old 07-30-2010, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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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,

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post #5 of 10 Old 07-30-2010, 09:22 PM
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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.
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post #6 of 10 Old 07-31-2010, 02:07 PM
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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.

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Thanks guys, I totally agree.

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post #8 of 10 Old 08-17-2010, 10:09 PM
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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 dont 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.
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post #9 of 10 Old 08-17-2010, 10:19 PM
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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.

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post #10 of 10 Old 08-18-2010, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks all, she's found a tom thumb with copper rollers thats working well on her now.

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