Ok so almost everyone on here is telling me no I shouldn't use a tie down and yes everyone is different with the tack and equipment they use and how they train there horses!! But yes I got a tie down about two weeks ago, I got him use to it at home doing some exercise in the arena and walking and trotting through the barrels pattern usuing it, so today I had a barrel race and ran and he didn't even think about trying to pass up the first barrel he turned it really good and I'm so proud of him!!!
And he didn't have wide arched out turns they were good tight turns (keep in mind that he always passed the first barrel up)!!!! I know that some of you are going to not like that I am now useing a tie down but you know what he's my horse and I chose to use a tie down!! It's not like it's going to kill him it's fine!! Everyone and I mean everyone of my friends that I barrel race with all have tie downs and everyone at the barrel race had tie downs!! I'm so proud of him!! I'll try to get the video up soon