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post #1 of 27 Old 08-01-2009, 12:46 AM Thread Starter
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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.
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For Barrels and Drill team (and may trails too), I'd try her in a Jr Cow Horse bit. It's shorter shanked, so better for the ocassional direct rein cue, but still has a lot of rate and stop .

The last one on this page would be my pick. The three-piece mouth helps activate more nerves for a better response, the two joints prevent the nut-cracker effect, and the smooth mouth piece is soft on the bars.
http://www.kyhorse.com/store/tack/re...orcowhorse.htm

Here it is on Valley Vet:
Jr Cow Horse Bit #349 Reinsman Inc (Equine - Horse Tack Supplies - Bits - Working)

For Western Pleasure, I'd go with a simple low port bit with swept back shanks. You won't want to use any direct rein with this, only neck reining.
Myler Wide Port Bit by Toklat
Myler HBT Comfort Mouth Copper Wrap Mullen Barrel Bit by Toklat
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I have this one: Aluminum Medium Port Quick Bit
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The last one on this page would be my pick. The three-piece mouth helps activate more nerves for a better response, the two joints prevent the nut-cracker effect, and the smooth mouth piece is soft on the bars.
Reinsman Junior Cow Horse Bits @ Kyhorse.com
I like this bit as well. Here is another one that I've had great success with for my barrel horse: http://www.horse.com/Sharon-Camarill...uch-WBR67.html

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Just thought I'd add: Just because you are barrel racing, does not mean you need to automatically move up to a harsher bit. I've seen barrel racers in snaffles. Nothing wrong with that. The Jr. Cowhorse is a good bit, but if your horse really is light-mouthed like you have told us, why not use a snaffle? Jr. Cowhorses are good bits, don't get me wrong, but I'd start at the lightest and work my way up.
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For Barrels and Drill team (and may trails too), I'd try her in a Jr Cow Horse bit. It's shorter shanked, so better for the ocassional direct rein cue, but still has a lot of rate and stop .

The last one on this page would be my pick. The three-piece mouth helps activate more nerves for a better response, the two joints prevent the nut-cracker effect, and the smooth mouth piece is soft on the bars.
Reinsman Junior Cow Horse Bits @ Kyhorse.com

Here it is on Valley Vet:
Jr Cow Horse Bit #349 Reinsman Inc (Equine - Horse Tack Supplies - Bits - Working)

For Western Pleasure, I'd go with a simple low port bit with swept back shanks. You won't want to use any direct rein with this, only neck reining.
Myler Wide Port Bit by Toklat
Myler HBT Comfort Mouth Copper Wrap Mullen Barrel Bit by Toklat
Schneider Saddlery
I have this one: Aluminum Medium Port Quick Bit
I will look into the Jr Cowhorse bit you mentioned -- there's a horse auction I'm going to in a few days, something about a tack shop going out of business, and I'll try to get one there. (Since I'm not sure if she'll take to it or not, I don't really want to go out and spend a lot if I can help it. :p ).
For the curb bit -- I'm not showing her in any type of association sanctioned shows, where they require a curb or anything like that, so she'd just be wearing the same bit through the Western classes as she would in barrels and drill.

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Just thought I'd add: Just because you are barrel racing, does not mean you need to automatically move up to a harsher bit. I've seen barrel racers in snaffles. Nothing wrong with that. The Jr. Cowhorse is a good bit, but if your horse really is light-mouthed like you have told us, why not use a snaffle? Jr. Cowhorses are good bits, don't get me wrong, but I'd start at the lightest and work my way up.
I wasn't necessarily looking to move to a harsher bit, just a different one, to see if I can solve her rooting thing. Besides that, she really has no issues with her current bit, although I've had some people tell me that a different bit might help her around the barrels.
I am actually planning to try her in an eggbutt snaffle this week, once I get my hands on one at either the above-mentioned auction, or I'll ask my uncle if he has one I can borrow. I rode her in one briefly, when I first got her, but I don't remember how she was with it or why I switched her bit.
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I wasn't necessarily looking to move to a harsher bit, just a different one, to see if I can solve her rooting thing.
I don't really know if a bit will change that... It could be a tooth problem, perhaps?

It might, but you won't know till you try it I guess.
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I don't really know if a bit will change that... It could be a tooth problem, perhaps?

It might, but you won't know till you try it I guess.
And we just had her teeth floated, so unless he missed one, I don't think it's that. So I pretty much figured that I'd try another bit. Hence, I don't want to go out and buy $100+ Myler bits, like my boss likes to suggest.
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Ha, that seems to happen a lot. Then we end up with a pile of dusty unused, expensive bits in a box in the back of our tack rooms!
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Exactly my point. And I already have a drawer full of unused bits that we keep collecting from who-knows-where. My number one suspect is my dad -- he likes those 'We don't know what's in this here box, but you can have it for a dollar' deals they have at the auctions. I even have a complete mule halter for that mule that I've never had nor wanted. XD
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Ha! You never know what may be lurking in the back of your tack room! ^.^
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