Dena Kirkpatrick on bits for barrel racing

Here is a great 2 part video put together by Barrel Racing Buzz with accomplished barrel horse trainer Dena Kirkpatrick.   Dena goes through a pile of bits and talks about the uses of each one and how they should each fit.   She discusses several different types of snaffle bits, some gag bits including the popular Simplicity bit and her favorite bit the Loomis draw gag bit.  She also discussed one  of  the Sherry Cervi line of bits, a hackamore and combination bit.  Its a great review of many bits.

Kirkpatrick stresses that horses are like people and they all have different preferences.  Different horses are going to prefer different bits.  Certain bits are also made so that we can adjust them for the horse.  Adjusting the curb strap can also make a bit work differently making the horse respond differently.

Enjoy these Barrel Racing Buzz videos:

Part 2:

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Jessica Carr January 29, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Nice video however I didn’t like how often the host interrupted Dena.


Ashliegh August 10, 2011 at 8:04 am

this helped me a lot because my trainer said the bit I’m using right now is not a turn or whoa bit, that I need a different kind of snaffle. I believe the D-ring snaffle will help a lot. Thanks for posting this video!!!!!


tipster August 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm



tipster August 27, 2011 at 3:32 pm

You are welcome, glad you enjoyed it.


Amy August 28, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Thank you so much for posting these videos. They help me a lot and are a good reminder when i get stumped. Thanks again. Keep up the good work. =)


tipster August 28, 2011 at 9:38 pm

You are welcome, glad you enjoy them. Best of luck!


Credie November 29, 2011 at 3:44 am

hey thanks for that info


Lee January 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Twisted mouthpieces are quite severe, and should only be used by experts.


tipster January 25, 2012 at 9:48 am

In my opinion bits are only as severe as the hands that use them.


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