Ivy Saebens switched to a Troy Flaharty combination with a slow twist Billy Allen mouthpiece when KN Fabs Gift Of Fame started getting too pushy in her previous bridle.

About the Bit

“This is the first time I’ve ever ran a horse in a combination. I think Kenna Squires had [a Flaharty combo] she posted on Facebook that she liked. I don’t even know why, I think it was because the noseband was pink, but I said, ‘Dang I’m going to buy that!’ I didn’t have a purpose for it—I didn’t even have a horse to put it on—I just wanted it. The first time I put it on ‘J-Lo’ was at Houston in my last run, and I probably shouldn’t have done that because I had never even loped her around in it, and it didn’t go very good there. This is the first time I’ve really [changed bits] on a horse I’ve rodeoed on for a long period of time.”

Shank: Medium Shank Reverse Gag with Rope Nose Combination

“J-Lo is a pretty strong-faced horse, so she just got dull to her old running bridle (Dave Elliott medium shank slow twist with a roller). The combination gets more of an immediate reaction, and it sets her back on her butt more. She’ll get kind of pushy on my hand, and sometimes it’ll make her too forward. When the noseband hits her, it really just sets her back on her butt.”

Mouthpiece: Slow Twist Billy Allen

“I ran ‘Tibbie’ (Cfour Tibbie Stinson) in a Billy Allen smooth mouth Loomis, and I’ve used that a lot. A Billy Allen was something I grew up riding in. I don’t like two-pieces unless it’s a thinner mouthpiece; I’m not a big fan of two-pieces. I’ve ridden in a Billy Allen mouthpiece in a lot of different bridles, so I went with my comfort zone.”

Curb: Snug to Moderately Loose Chain

“I use a chain, and tightness depends on the horse. J-Lo is so sensitive that if it’s too tight she’s going to elevate, but if it just pushes on her a little she’s pretty dang good.”

This article was originally published in the November 2019 issue of Barrel Horse News.


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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