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Trail Boss (Moderator)

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Posted - 10/24/2008 :  06:11:43 AM  Show Profile  Visit Hook's Homepage Send Hook a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This is the Billy Allen bit that Hookie used at first that seemed to work well until we moved up a notch in speed. When I had to use a firm hand to guide around a barrel he seemed a bit resistant and uncomfortable. I thought the bit, although limited by the center roller was pinching and raising in his mouth, perhaps touching the roof of his mouth.

A couple of years ago Mrs Hook was looking for a bit for Profit that was more mild so he would relax for western pleasure. We saw this bit ( a Mylar take-off) and he really liked it.

I tried it on Hookie and it clicked. It allows independent rein action, lies almost flat in his mouth with a bit of tongue relief. I use a leather curb strap and he really goes well in it. I can use very light cues but at speed I can be more firm with no resistance. Works so well I bought two.

Hook(ed)......on Horses

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Edited by - Hook on 10/24/2008 06:13:32 AM

Red Hawk

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Posted - 10/24/2008 :  4:32:13 PM  Show Profile Send Red Hawk a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'd say you found a bit that fits the shape of his mouth with the desired results, Hook. I also think it should be mentioned that bit selection depends on the rider's abilities, too. It depends on how soft or harsh a person's hands are on activating a bit of this type... or any bit for that matter. Finding the right combination that fits the horse and the rider's riding ability can be quite a hassle. Glad to see it worked out in your case .

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