Here’s some of the best tips about barrel racing bits and hackamores that have helped Justin and his wife, World Champion barrel racer, Jordon Briggs, train some of the best horses in the game—including the 2021 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association AQHA horse of the year, Famous Lil Jet, “Rollo.”
Adapt as you go.
Briggs may start each colt in a halter, but he changes bits as a horse hits each new phase of its training because it has different needs. Check out the video link below to see Briggs walk through his bit room and describe which stages of training call for which items.
Ater starting in a halter, Briggs upgrades to a smooth or twisted wire snaffle bit.
Find A Snaffle You Love
“I don’t particularly have a preference on an O-ring or D-ring,” Briggs said. “I just stick with my favorite two, I don’t even remember who made them.”
Understand Hackamores Before You Try Them
Briggs believes that many people jump into using a hackamore without understanding how it works. Briggs goes into detail here about the mechanics behind hackamores and how they can help your barrel racing when used properly.
“With a bit, you can kind of hold a horse,” Briggs explained. “A horse has to be pretty responsive and pretty broke to ride in a hackamore. You can’t just throw a hackamore on a horse and expect them to know what to do.”
“I like a good, heavy rein where they feel the weight. Even on my roping bits, I like a rein that drops when I release it,” Justin Briggs.
Learn from Justin and Jordon Briggs
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