When checking your horse for saddle fit, you will remove the pad and set the saddle directly on the horse’s back. What you are looking for is an even fit from the withers down the back with even pressure from the gullet down the bars of the saddle.
National Finals Rodeo qualifier Shali Lord has everything she needs to effectively communicate with Freckles Ta Fame in the Neil Merrill medium shank three-piece twisted—lift, whoa, and a balanced feel with a quick response.
Barrel Horse News caught up with some of the best trainers in the business to discover their preferred progression in bits as colts evolve from new to the pattern to seasoned campaigners.
Five-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier Stevi Hillman runs “Sharpie” in a two-piece twist No Hit Bit to keep the gelding round throughout the turns.
No matter the mouthpiece, the Troy Flaharty medium shank lifter bit is a staple in leading breeder and trainer Bo Hill’s barn.
Emily Miller Beisel wins Round Seven of the Wrangler NFR with a 16.85 and explains the rubber bands she uses around her arms.
The Johnson hack combination bit by Reinsman allows two-time world champion Hailey Kinsel to engage either the bit or the noseband at different points in the turn on DM Sissy Hayday.
Champion trainer and $1 million rider Brandon Cullins rides in the Shallow Creek clover bit to get lateral shoulder control on a horse that naturally rates and drags its hind end.
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.