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post #1 of 7 Old 07-11-2013, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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barrel racing tack

Ok sooo... I was wondering do i need a specific breast collar and headstall for barrel racing? i just need to know if i can use any kind of breast collar and headstall for barrel racing like if you should have one with a browband or not.
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-11-2013, 01:46 PM
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You can use whatever you want for a headstall or breastcollar! As long as you like it, thats all that matters. :)

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post #3 of 7 Old 07-11-2013, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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okay thanks just makin sure. i didnt know if it would be easier to use another kind or something. haha
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Most barrel races or rodeos do not have any rules with the type of tack you must have. (And if you are unsure, you can always ask the association you want to run with.)

I myself prefer a browband headstall with a throatlatch. I feel it is more secure; not only for barrel racing but for any time I ride my horses.

A breastcollar is not a necessity (if you saddle fits well like it should) but it is a nice piece of extra equipment to have "just in case" something else breaks. There has been occasions where a cinch strap will break, and the breastcollar helps hold the saddle in place until you can safely dismount. But there are some horses where a breastcollar might not fit their body well and can actually hinder movement.

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post #5 of 7 Old 07-11-2013, 02:23 PM
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Some people like to use wither straps because some breastcollar sit too low and restrict the shoulder movement of the horse.
Some people also dont like single ear headstalls because they might fall off (never seen it personally, but have had horses rub them off on the fence)

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post #6 of 7 Old 07-17-2013, 02:28 AM
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my honest opinion just from my barrel racing experiences, I would try to have a nice light headstall for your horse if he is an easy light riding horse, you want your horse to be able to move comfortably through there barrel run
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-17-2013, 10:15 AM
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Something to think about with ALL tack, regardless of discipline, when Chicago screws are used, you should regularly check them for tightness, and use either some Blue Loc Tite or clear fingernail polish on the screw to help them stay tighter.

My daughter races in anything from a very plain leather headstall to a fancy one she had for Western Pleasure that we sparkled a little.

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