Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
I ran Lucky in:
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)
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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