A little background, I have an 11 year old gelding that I have gotten back into barrel racing after a while off the pattern. He’s soft on the bit and very well behaved. Very nice, smooth pattern and finished in the 2D at a mega show on his 2nd run in nearly a year, he’s only been run five times or so over his life. So, I’m not trying to correct anything and not looking to bit up.
The only thing that needs improvement, aside from just needing more hauling, is getting him more engaged through his hind end in turns.
The only thing I know is a no-go is anything 2-piece. He has a lot of natural bend so I’m not worried about having a bit that will encourage bend, and maybe even the opposite would be good? I’m concerned at the idea of a lifter because it took me quite a while to train the giraffe out of him. I’m sure I could carefully introduce a lifter if that’s what I need though. He rides fine in a snaffle but he’s typically just happier in a curb, although I wouldn’t be opposed to trying a snaffle combo bit if I thought it would be good. If possible, I prefer bits with rollers as he is a busy-minded guy.
Before you say that it’s about training, I am and have been correcting it through training.
That being said, I have been using the same Reinsman 3 piece bit with a copper roller for years on him for everything and he does great in it but I’d like to see if anything else might be better for racing and get some opinions from others. I have a trailer full of bits that are meant to encourage softness and bend, but of course I end up with a super talented guy that needs something different haha.