When Mark Bugni and JL Roc Lost A Sock (“Mo”), owned and bred by Jill Lane Quarter Horses, won their third straight Arizona futurity in Buckeye at the Royal Crown held February 14-20, Bugni had an important tool in his arsenal.
“I run him in The Perfect Bit,” said Bugni, “the second-longest shank they have. It’s got a fat mouthpiece that breaks in the middle that’s not too harsh, but it’s great because it gets his respect on the pattern and off the pattern. Finding a bit for him that kept him in my hands and respectful away from the arena as well as in the arena was a big thing for him, because the colt’s 16.2 hands tall—he’s a big, strong animal! This bit accomplishes just the balance I needed for him. I’m not one to use tiedowns or bonnets or anything like that, I like to keep things simple, I just use a light conservative bumper spur on him. This bit has been very effective and produced great results.”