Quick Bit Tip with Kim Schulze

Carl’s Hack from L&W Bits is one of Kim Schulze's go-to barrel racing tools.

Carl’s Hack from L&W Bits is one of Kim Schulze's go-to barrel racing tools.

Carl’s Hack from L&W Bits is one of Kim Schulze’s go-to barrel racing tools.

“Probably my favorite bit would be Carl’s Hack from L&W Bits,” said Schulze. “I put it on every horse I ride at one time or another. I just like the feel of it and like that if you need a little more, you have it because the noseband is a wrapped steel nose hackamore. I think when used correctly it can help keep a horse light.”

Carl’s Hack from L&W Bits.

Schulze only wants to do as much with her hands as she has to in order to get the desired response. 

“I want them really listening and in tune when I sit for the turn,” she said. “I’ve had a lot of success using a variety of bits so I certainly don’t limit myself to one, and I’ve run in some less conventional things like a quick stop, but I try to not touch them much. That helps me keep my approach to the barrels, my rate and my turns smooth because I’m not throwing my horse off balance by doing more than I should. I want to just guide them and ride them up into the hole.”

Schulze adds that she’s also had good luck using a basic junior cow horse as well as the 6″ shank with square Mullen mouthpiece pictured below, which was made by No Hit Bits for Jordon Briggs.

“The most important consideration when selecting bits is that they fit what your horse needs and fit your hands,” said Schulze.

6″ Mullen from No Hit Bits.

About Bonnie Wheatley

Bonnie Wheatley brings a lifetime of professional experience in the Western industry to her role as Barrel Racing Content Director for BarrelRacing.com and Barrel Racing Magazine. She grew up a horse trainer’s kid immersed in ranching and the Western lifestyle before graduating from the University of California at Davis and relocating to the eastern plains of Colorado. When not researching and writing  exciting new content, Wheatley enjoys running barrels, showing reined cow horses, cheering at her daughter Sage’s sporting events, and for her husband, Scot, and son, Regan, at team ropings and horse shows.