I bought Aires a new western headstall on Monday and it came with a pair of what I feel are ridiculously short split reins. We measured them and they are 5' long each. My English reins are 10' long and are the perfect length. If I drop my English reins so that I'm just holding the buckle, they are the perfect length for western (just the right of slack). I know I can replace the split reins, that's not an issue (more like an unwanted additional expense). Is it normal for a rather large western bridle to come with such short reins? I say the bridle is rather large because Aires' English bridle is a draft sized bridle and the new bridle is the same size. O.o
Also, have a question about matching oils. I'm going to be showing western this summer (because we're soooo not ready for English lol), so I'm buying a western saddle. I made this decision after buying the new bridle. I found a saddle I like the looks of and should fit both of us. But, the saddle appears to be a lighter oil than the bridle. This is the saddle: http://www.ebay.com/itm/251232098387?redirect=mobile I don't have a picture of the bridle itself, but it's a medium oil. I'll try to find a pic online and put it up (I can't figure out how to post actual pics from my phone). Do you think the color difference will be a problem for a local schooling show? The bridle has basket weave tooling like the saddle does.
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