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    12-31-2009, 02:37 PM
Green Broke
bits for barrels

What bit do you use for barrel racing?
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    12-31-2009, 04:42 PM
A twisted egg butt snaffle, D ring plain snaffle, Some time rope halter, and a o ring plain snaffle.
    12-31-2009, 06:00 PM
Green Broke
I'm fairly new to the gaming world, but my Arab mare goes in a french link loose ring snaffle and always will. I intend my Paint to always go in a snaffle as well. I think that if you're requireing a harsh bit, then proper training hasn't been done. I don't think barrel horses should be jazzed up uncontrollable airheads who only know how to run a pattern.
    12-31-2009, 08:08 PM
Green Broke
^^Agreed. I think the bit should correspond with the level of training of both horse and rider. Typically I like to see a greener horse in an easier bit, so as not no hurt its mouth should something go wrong. The more experienced the rider and horse team the more finesse you can ask for, this is where you get into curbs and gags. A very experienced and light handed rider can use just about any bit on any horse, but IMO, in the gaming world, those are few and far between.

I personally have used eggbutt snaffles, medium port curbs, french link curbs, loose ring snaffles, and a rope hackamore once or twice. It all depends on how I am feeling and what I think a horse can go well in. IMO my level of training is not high enough for me to use anything that could be harsher than a meduim port curb, I am very light handed, but I do not want to risk grabbing a horse in the mouth should something happen.
    12-31-2009, 08:38 PM
It depends on which horse I am riding. Generally I'm riding Jester, and I just use a snaffle on him.....or even just a halter. However on Annie, I'd use a curb. It depends on how your horse responds.
    12-31-2009, 10:19 PM
I ride all my barrel horses in the million dollar bit. I love the bit, and I see more flex come out of my animals when I run them in it.
    01-01-2010, 09:25 AM
Green Broke
THIS million dollar bit?? Do you have a pic of it on ur horse so I can see how it looks? It looks kinda harsh! But it could be just all the chains...
    01-01-2010, 03:17 PM
^^ If you use this bit you're horse should be very very well broke. You should be a very very good rider also. If you have to balance on the reins or have problems keeping your feet in the stirrups then don't use this bit.
    01-01-2010, 06:33 PM
I used to run my horse in a curb bit but switched her to a snaffle.she doesnt do very well in a snaffle so im looking for a lil bit harsher bit as she kinda ignores the snaffle sometimes.what about a micmar bit???
    01-01-2010, 06:49 PM
Originally Posted by chika1235    
i used to run my horse in a curb bit but switched her to a snaffle.she doesnt do very well in a snaffle so im looking for a lil bit harsher bit as she kinda ignores the snaffle sometimes.what about a micmar bit???

I wouldnt go necessarily harsher if she wont go in a snaffle...she should be able to with no problem at all. Start from the beginning again, starting off with a walk and work your way up. Don't push her until she has mastered being able to be soft in supple in a lower gait before moving on to the next.

Anyways...I don't show barrels professionally, but I have just done the basic pattern for 4-H and small fun shows. Uusually, I run my mare in a basic rawhide hackamre with short curved shanks or a basic tom thumb.

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