Five-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier Stevi Hillman runs MCM Imasharpguy in a two-piece twist No Hit Bit to keep the gelding round throughout the turns.

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About the Bit

“I ran ‘Sharpie’ in this No Hit Bit a little when I had him in 2017. I got him back [after injury in 2019] and threw this on him, thinking I just want to get around the barrels—we were fixing to go to Vegas—and I won a jackpot, so I figured I’d better keep it on him. It’s got a longer shank where you’ve got a lot of lift if you need it, and he’s comfortable in it and he likes it, so I try to go off what they need but also what they’re comfortable with. I tend to run my horses in the same bits. Bits fit your hands, and I tend to have really strong aggressive horses, so I don’t have many smooth mouthpieces.”

Shank: No Hit Bit 8-inch Gag

“This long gag helps round him. When you lift, it’s not an immediate ‘now.’ It really bends their neck and the feel has a lot more roundness to it. I felt like I needed that on him after I hadn’t been on him for a while.”

No Hit Bit hanging on headstall at trailer

Mouthpiece: Two-Piece Twist

“The two-piece twist is my go-to. It’s got enough bite when you need it there. I don’t like to pull on them a lot. Horses like Sharpie, in the past he was pretty droppy. He’s a little different now after his stifle surgery—he’s pretty round and feels really good—but I like to have [some bite to the mouthpiece] so that if I need to lift or make a move, I’ve got that there if I need it.”

Curb: Soft Nylon Rope

“The nylon curb adjusts when you adjust it in their mouth. If you need it tight to have a little more bite, you can [raise it on the headstall] or if you need it loose for less delay, you can do that. But the curb has stayed the same for every horse I’ve put it on.”

This article was originally published in the February 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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