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post #1 of 10 Old 03-31-2009, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 10 Old 03-31-2009, 05:32 PM
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I used to do games in a mechanical hackamore. Worked great. Just a flat leather nose, and a soft curb strap.
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post #3 of 10 Old 03-31-2009, 07:09 PM
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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.
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post #4 of 10 Old 03-31-2009, 07:14 PM
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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.
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post #5 of 10 Old 03-31-2009, 08:01 PM
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I use a hackamore on my barrel horse and he is awsome!
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post #6 of 10 Old 03-31-2009, 09:47 PM
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I'd try a bosal or even a rope halter if ur horse is really responsive.
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post #7 of 10 Old 03-31-2009, 11:08 PM
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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.
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post #8 of 10 Old 03-31-2009, 11:36 PM
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I have seen people do it! If you dont mind me asking, why arent you useing bits anymore?
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post #9 of 10 Old 04-01-2009, 10:35 AM
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A friend of mine uses a bosal in games. The horse does great....
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post #10 of 10 Old 04-01-2009, 05:10 PM
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i use a mechanical hackmore. it works great...
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