Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Tri-State (IA, WI, IL) area
Which bit to use?
So I've been riding Magic in a tom thumb (Yes, I've heard all about how this bit is supposed to be harsh, but I have my reasons, and she responds quite nicely to it. So, please, there is no reason to point it out.) but I'm considering trying another bit. I want something that will help her in barrels, and I want to find out if her rooting that she does is out of boredom or because of the bit.
(The 'rooting', I'm talking about is something she does while we are just standing; she bobs her head and juts her nose out, sometimes even manages to pull my reins out of my hands if I'm not paying attention.)
She's very light-mouthed, and works a lot off of leg pressure and neck reining, but I tend to use direct reining as well.
Also, as I've said, she's used primarily for barrel racing, but I've also shown her in Western Pleasure-type classes and riding on the trail, and we joined a drill team, too. Not real sure if that makes a huge difference, but I figured the info didn't hurt.
Oh, and I'd rather not use a hackamore.