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What Bit Do You Run With?

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I would like to know what bit you run barrels in......do you have a favorite or an old standby that

you always go back to?

I am stating my mare with a D ring snaffle, can I just keep running in that or sould I move her up to something else.....i know it depends on the horse, I am still figuring her out.

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I would look into "MYLER BITS" I think they are really made with the horses mouth in mind and my horses react very well with them.

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My current horse runs in a Sherry Cervi shortshank with a twisted wire dogbone or an O-ring combo with a twisted wire dogbone. I use an O-ring (smooth or twisted... depends on how frisky he is that day), D-ring, or hack for slow work. Sometimes I'll use a german martingale, running martingale, or draw reins.... sometimes I dont use anything.

lol. I know I didnt help much. I tend to like a lot of horses in the O-ring combo though.

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Depends entirely on which horse i'm running. I don't have "one" bit i consider to be a bit for every horse. That rarely works as horses are individuals.

Panama will be 20 this year, he runs in a Martha Josey Go-Round (low port mouth, gag action on the mouthpiece). I have a lifter i use for training once in awhile and i run poles in a Rutledge Roper (flat, low ported, the mouth piece swivels but stays flat on the tongue.

Chili ran in a variety of bits, his last was a three piece mouth gag/rope noseband combo.

Tess ran in a 3 pc snaffle when i got her, but now shes' in a Ed Wright bit (resembles at Jr Cowhorse).

ALL my horses will ride in a good snaffle and have "everyday" bits as well as their competition bits.

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i always start in a ring snaffel and go from their depending if they need more stop, lift or bend, but every horse is diffrent my first barrel horse i started in a wonder bit went thru other curbs and gags as he needed more stop but ended up he ran and stoped his best in a twisted ring snaffel

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Poncho runs is a twisted junior cowhorse or a jim warner, Tracer for some odd reason LOVES the mike beers bit with a HUGE port and chain mouth... long story short, he has had a severe injury to his tongue so the port takes the pressure off the bad spot. I DO not yank on him with that bit though as it could do ALOT of damage. Skeeter likes his myler or martha josey's start to finish.

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I run my mare in a plain old snaffle bit.

This is what the people who started her used her in, and she's been working so well that I just haven't changed it. She is winning in the 1-D around here so I can't think of any reason to change it, as of now anyway. Another reason I haven't changed it is because bits are not cheap, and I'm not exactly sure what ones to try out and all that. I don't want to go out and buy something and it doesn't work out.

But like I said, she runs really well in it, so I'm not in any rush to go out and find something better.

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Cowboy ran for most of his 6 years in justa Jr Cowhorse, very loose with hardly in chin strap, lol. I prob could've ran him in a snaffle or halter, but was too scared. haha

Tilly rides in anything in the backyard, but at a competition she has to be in her combination bit. I don't know what it's called...Im bad at that.

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my last barrel horse that retired Merlin, I too could of ran him in a halter. He was gentle and very push style. I had him in a tender touch or jr. cowhorse.

my current horse now he has a cheri cervi long shank twisted dog bone and charmayne james ryan bit. but for roping he has a mike beers chain with a port. I'm bad at getting the exact name I have so many. but I will always run with hackamore once in a while just depending on the race and how he is feeling that day. ohh and a snaffle with slow work/tuning/trail.

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My very first barrel horse was a roping horse when I got her, she was roped off of in a Sleister bit and that is what I ran her barrels in, never had any issues with it but it probably wouldn't be the first thing I grabbed down for any of the horses I rode after that. I think it is proof that you ride in what works for the particular horse.

Rio ran in a twisted off set o-ring snaffle. People thought I was crazy for running her in it becasue she was strong strong strong on the bit, until you started to the first barrel...she was completely opposite of most horses I have run into. Felt like an unbroke pig until she was going mach 10...then she was light as could be.

Tucker and CC I run in the Ed Wright Pretzel-helps to keep my hands light on them and me out of their mouths which in turn keeps them light.

Poopie is one of those you could run with a string thru her mouth, she runs in a smooth two peice full cheek snaffle. I haven't quite figured out if she is really that light mouthed or if she is just too lazy to run off...

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All of my horses work in an o-ring, d-ring, or beetle hackamore, on any given day. I ride a lot with the o-right though.. it's kind of my "go to" bit.

Scooter runs in a twisted o-ring

Jet runs in a Sherry Cervi

Hurricane was still in an o-ring when he got hurt..

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Well Midnight runs in a Jr. Cowhorse, but when she's not running she rides in an o-ring.

Vegas ran in an o-ring until his second year on the pattern then he moved into a Hodges Futurity.

Cheif rode in a D-ring until this past summer, and I've ran through many bits with him until I got to the Molly Powell Long Shank Combo.. :/

Skip runs in an O-ring..always has and never have had a reason to change it.

Baracudda runs in a Martha Josey Start to finish, but rides in an o-ring for tuning/light riding.

Maia rides in a Little S Hack, always has, has a super soft mouth, even an o-ring is too much for her.

And Shark Bait runs in just a regular short shank combo.

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I run my guy into two different bits right now.

Tender touch with livesaver mouthpiece .

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O-ring snaffle (3 piece) - dog bone mouth piece- and noseband

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and I just ordered him a little S hackamore..excited to try that on him !

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I love them all.. they all get the job done and provide great handle.

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My horse loves the Mike Beer's ported chain as well. Like...LOVES it.

He goes in ANYTHING at home. Halter, Sherry Cervi shortshank, hackamore, o-ring...does the same pattern everytime. Elsewhere...different story. Still trying to figure it out. [Crazy]

Roping we are in a mechanical hackamore. He loves that as well.

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