No matter the mouthpiece, the Troy Flaharty Bits and Spurs medium shank “Betty” lifter bit is a staple in leading breeder and trainer Bo Hill’s barn.

—> Read more: Bo Hill’s Six Steps to a Confident Horse <—

About the Flaharty Betty Bit

“A horse seems to accept this bridle good, and it fits my hands good—it’s probably not for everybody—but it has a lot of feel and people seem to transition well to it when I sell a horse. It’s easy to get one bought [from Troy Flaharty] that you can send with a horse when you sell it. A lot of people can ride in this bridle.”

Shank: Medium with a Small Amount of Gag

“[After a snaffle], I go to this little shanked bridle that Troy builds. This is a soft shank. You can pull on it and not make your horse dread it; they take it really good.”

—> Read more: Troy Flaharty’s Secrets to a Soft Mouth <—

Mouthpiece: Two-Piece Square

“This one is a square. I have multiple different mouthpieces—some square, some twist, some three-piece, some two-piece.”

Curb: Chain with Nylon Buckle Sides

This article was originally published in the January 2020 issue of Barrel Horse NewsSubscribe to the monthly print magazine here.


Blanche Schaefer is an avid barrel racer and managing editor of Barrel Horse News. Email comments or questions to [email protected]

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