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  • Why should you wear a breast collar when barrel racing
  • What kind of tack do you use for barrel racing

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    04-13-2012, 01:25 PM
  #11
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by DressageDreamer    
Some gaming competitions require that you have a breast collar, so ask local riders in your area so you won't be caught off guard when it is your turn to run.

Really? I have never been to any type of horse event anywhere that required a breastcollar, or you would be disqualified. Interesting to know! I mean, technically, I've been to ropings where there is no where in the rules that it states you must have a breastcollar. Obviously, no one is going to rope without one though.

Although that really seems like a silly requirement to me. If your saddle fits well and doesn't slide back (when doing speed events) you really don't have to have a breatcollar then. My mom doesn't use a breastcollar on her horse, because her saddle fits well and she feels her horse runs more freely without one.

What else does this association require, tack-wise?

However, I do agree with the "what if" protection of the breastcollar if your cinch would happen to fail. At least your saddle won't roll completely under the horse, possibly hung up on the back cinch (if you have one). I have seen that happen at a horse show where the billet tore and the breast collar was the only thing that prevented the saddle from going under the horse, possibly preventing a huge wreck.
     
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    05-01-2012, 01:54 PM
  #12
Foal
I don't have a barrel racing saddle so I actually use a roping saddle on my horse while barrel racing and she still gets the job done! I was using a snaffle bit on her but she didnt turn very sharp so now I use a hackamore and she does much better! With barrel racing you can prettymuch use any tack and if you have a good horse, they will still get the job done!
     
    05-01-2012, 01:59 PM
  #13
Weanling
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Originally Posted by beau159    
Really? I have never been to any type of horse event anywhere that required a breastcollar, or you would be disqualified. Interesting to know! I mean, technically, I've been to ropings where there is no where in the rules that it states you must have a breastcollar. Obviously, no one is going to rope without one though.

Although that really seems like a silly requirement to me. If your saddle fits well and doesn't slide back (when doing speed events) you really don't have to have a breatcollar then. My mom doesn't use a breastcollar on her horse, because her saddle fits well and she feels her horse runs more freely without one.

What else does this association require, tack-wise?

However, I do agree with the "what if" protection of the breastcollar if your cinch would happen to fail. At least your saddle won't roll completely under the horse, possibly hung up on the back cinch (if you have one). I have seen that happen at a horse show where the billet tore and the breast collar was the only thing that prevented the saddle from going under the horse, possibly preventing a huge wreck.
I am not clear on all the rules, but my daughter was getting ready to run without a breast collar and was told she couldn't. Luckily her friend had one that would fit. I don't use one on my horse but I have one for when or if we do decide to compete. I believe it was a Sheriff's Posse Gymkhana show she was in, but not positively sure.
     
    05-01-2012, 03:32 PM
  #14
Green Broke
I ran Lucky in:
Roping saddle
Saddle pad
Front SMB boots
One ear bridle (I recently switched to a browband though, never ran her in it)
D-ring snaffle (she did much better after I switched from the ported snaffle type thing she was in)
Breast collar
Back cinch
NO tie-down (she had one on when I first started riding her, but I promptly took it off because she was clearly leaning on it with her head in the air)
The saddle use to come up in the back when we stopped, so I was glad for the back cinch. She didn't have much lateral flexation in the solid mouth port she had, and the snaffle really got her turning better because she felt the pull individually when turning instead of the whole bit. Our times were no slower with the roping saddle (was using a lightweight trail saddle), they were actually quite a bit better because I didn't need to touch the horn to stay in and could focus on giving her cues as opposed to clinging and hoping I didn't fly out of the saddle (it did happen before..wasn't pretty). I assume that's the main reason the barrel saddle is ideal for the sport, because it's made specifically for that reason, without the added weight of a roper.

Before I get to showing again (I don't ride Lucky anymore) I plan to get another pair of SMBs for the back. Lucky never hit her back legs (only her fronts with the back hoof occasionally), so I never bought an extra pair to put on her. I was originally using the tack her owner rode her with, but changed it up soon after I got my own things.
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    05-01-2012, 04:43 PM
  #15
Showing
Saddle, headstall, loose ring bit, gaming/roping reins, breastcollar, SMBs, and bell boots for me. Tie-downs are optional as a balancing aid.
     

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