As strange as it looks, the “One-Hander” seems to work on my boyfriend’s rope horse. It may be the craziest looking bit I’ve ever seen, but that’s why I’m mentioning it!
The bit has an adjustable mouthpiece so you can fit it to your horses bars exactly, and the shanks that come together are connected by extremely flexible springs.
I was so skeptical of it when Corey, my boyfriend, brought it home to try. He is a team roper, and his horse Cherokee has always been very strong and hasn’t had a great stop. Corey had a correction bit on him for the better part of the horse’s life, and his mouth was a bit tough. He would always stick his tongue out and play with the bit, and every time Cherokee was asked to turn he would begrudgingly fight the bit.
Now, with this bit, however the pressures hit him, he never fights it. The “One-Hander” is not nearly as severe as the correction bit Cherokee was used to, but its mechanics just keep this old broke horse much happier. He’s been roping steers with the bit for a week now, and as strong as Cherokee is coming out of the box, Corey’s had complete control.
I can’t say that this particular bit would work for most barrel horses, but it seems like a great riding bit for a nice broke horse. The maker of this bit, American Bridle Bit, makes different bits with an adjustable mouthpiece that aren’t connected, so they might be a better choice for barrel horses. They also have custom port options for varying port needs.
Made only in America and available only from the inventor of the bit, this bit is sort of expensive. It’s on sale now for about $140, when it is normally $160. It comes with a lifetime guarantee and a 30-day warrantee, though.