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post #1 of 14 Old 07-18-2009, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Does this work?

This is a dumb question, but can you use english type reins (not spilt reins) with a western headstall and bit?
I assume you can but i've never really seen it.

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post #2 of 14 Old 07-18-2009, 09:13 PM
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Of course you can :) Personally I use a western headstall but ride English.
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post #3 of 14 Old 07-18-2009, 09:13 PM
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I would assume so.
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post #4 of 14 Old 07-18-2009, 09:23 PM
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I don't see any more problem with it than riding with barrel reins . The thing to remember is that a lot of western shanked bits are designed for neckreining and can send confusing signals of you try to direct rein with them. If you're using a snaffle, no problems!

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post #5 of 14 Old 07-18-2009, 11:58 PM
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Yep, you can. I personally really like the roping or sport type reins when I am doing a lot of roping or cow work. If you are thinking of using the actual english reins with the buckle, it might look a little funny but if it works, then who cares. :)

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post #6 of 14 Old 07-19-2009, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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I figured you could but people around here just act like "mixing disciplines" is going to end the world. :roll:

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post #7 of 14 Old 07-19-2009, 09:26 AM
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I know what you mean, 1111aqua. My sister fights it by claiming that she rides "Weenglish," . For everyday practice she sits in a western saddle, and the horse wears an English bridle and low port Kimberwicke.

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post #8 of 14 Old 07-19-2009, 09:54 AM
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lol thats kinda what i do ^ =] im kinda adding to this question but can you use english bits on western headstalls? (i use a regular d-ring snaffle)
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post #9 of 14 Old 07-19-2009, 01:19 PM
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Sure you can. Use any type bit you want on any headstall with any reins. Just looks a lil funny but personally I don't care. I bought a couple english headstalls from a friend. They just hook on differently. Bits are bits.. The only problem some english bits headstall ring is too small for some western headstalls. Like the kimberwick for instance. A D or O ring, about any snaffle should work just fine with either type headstall. I currently have a ported curb bit on an english headstall. I just like to not have to switch bits when I want to use something else so I tend to have a lot of bridles set up.

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post #10 of 14 Old 07-19-2009, 05:23 PM
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Come to think of it, I have a lot of mixed disciplens in my tack wardrobe!! Lol.

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