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    03-31-2009, 06:19 PM
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.
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    03-31-2009, 06:32 PM
I used to do games in a mechanical hackamore. Worked great. Just a flat leather nose, and a soft curb strap.
    03-31-2009, 08:09 PM
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.
    03-31-2009, 08:14 PM
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.
    03-31-2009, 09:01 PM
I use a hackamore on my barrel horse and he is awsome!
    03-31-2009, 10:47 PM
I'd try a bosal or even a rope halter if ur horse is really responsive.
    04-01-2009, 12:08 AM
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.
    04-01-2009, 12:36 AM
I have seen people do it! If you don't mind me asking, why arent you useing bits anymore?
    04-01-2009, 11:35 AM
A friend of mine uses a bosal in games. The horse does great....
    04-01-2009, 06:10 PM
I use a mechanical hackmore. It works great...

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