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post #1 of 13 Old 01-10-2010, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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Question Bit ideas for barrel racing

Im training my horse in a long shank tom thumb,im thinking about puttin her in a snaffle for getting her softer,but anyways,shes been doing great but as we move into faster speeds,she tends to lose bend coming around the barrel and STILL drops her shoulder into it sometimes,and i kno ive heard,you cant fix a horse with just a bit,but im just wanting to try some things out,so what bit would be good for that? or should i just put her in a snaffle and go back to basics for a lil bit?
oh and by they way,ive heard the millon dollar bit is really good..and all of her bits are really good...are they?
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post #2 of 13 Old 01-10-2010, 05:24 PM
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pm dimmers_double . she is the best with bits.
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I ride in a million dollar bit, and I get more flex from my horse. I just love it. I use to ride my horses in a full cheek snaffle, then I switched and I get more control over my horses.
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i like a wonder bit for BR.

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If you are having trouble with bend, I certainly suggest going back to a regular snaffle for a while.
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post #6 of 13 Old 01-12-2010, 05:46 PM
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If she is dropping the shoulder and/or slicing barrels, I would think of how I am setting her up for the turn!
Have someone video your runs, and watch your hands and legs as well as your approach to the barrel! You might just be missing the cues sometimes?
Please don't take my suggestion wrong!...Just what came to mind
With that said, I prefer the wonder bit or sweet iron gag over the tom thumb!
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post #7 of 13 Old 01-12-2010, 06:14 PM
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I would ride in whichever snaffle works best for her with direct reining until you are solid then you can worry about moving up to a bit with more oomph.
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post #8 of 13 Old 01-13-2010, 12:38 AM
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If she is dropping the shoulder and/or slicing barrels, I would think of how I am setting her up for the turn!
Amen! I know when I practice the slower speeds, I swing way far around the barrel because my gelding thinks he's NFR quality (and he's not yet, because I'm a wimp! But he's starting to go faster and faster to my dismay...) and he tries to be a bad cat. So when we go wide around those barrels at a walk and trot, when we do run, he actually hits his pocket... 97% of the time XD We're still very new.

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i agree i like like wonder bits for br
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post #10 of 13 Old 01-13-2010, 06:21 PM
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I used to use the Wonder bit as well, and hackemores. I've also used Snaffles of all kinds, and even my rope halters, depending on the type of show we were at...Lol!

Whatever the horse runs best in, is what I used...

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