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    02-25-2013, 07:24 PM
Originally Posted by Corporal    
I guess I didn't think that MY English reins are over 5' long. Sorry.
Still, I gotta ask, why ARE the splint reins about 10' long?
Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
They're not each 10' long. They are each individually 5' long. My English reins are 10' long from end to end. With 8' split reins, I should have about 3' of excess, which would hang partway between his shoulder and knees. I've never seen 10' split reins before.
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Exactly, split reins are most commonly found in 7' and 8' lengths. The reason for that is so that western riders can have the appropriate amount of drape in their reins and still have plenty of slack hanging down far enough so that it won't get in the way. Believe it or not, if you only have 1-2 feet of slack behind your hand, that will get in the way more and is harder to handle than 4 feet of slack.

If I could find a pair of 10' split reins, though, I would buy them since I've got a couple of rather large horses to ride.

For example...this pony was only 13.1 and had a very short neck...and the reins I was using were 8' long. Still not dragging the ground as you can see the ends of them right around his knees.

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    02-25-2013, 07:28 PM
Imma steal that pony, Jen!! How cute is he?!
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    02-25-2013, 07:31 PM
OMG, he was an absolute doll and I fell completely in love with him. I hated to send him home when the time came. BUT, I did tell the owners that if they ever decided to sell him, call me first because I would buy him.

Oh, and I made a mistake. On him, it's that off side rein that is hanging around his knee because it was probably hooked on the breast collar on the other side. The rein on this side is hanging just above his pastern.
    02-25-2013, 07:37 PM
Gah! Now I'm second guessing that saddle. When we broke out Aires, the first few rides we used my old BO's nice Circle Y saddle with FQHB. Now my best friend is saying that her Circle Y Park and Trail that had semi-QH bars was too big for Aires.

7" gullet is FQHB, yes?
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    02-25-2013, 07:42 PM
Generally, but not always. If you are going to pick the saddle up, is there any way you could try it on Aires before you buy it?
    02-25-2013, 07:45 PM
It's three hours away. I'd have to trailer him and, since I lost my Trailblazer, I have nothing to tow with (boyfriend's truck desperately needs tires, as his are almost bald).

She also thinks it's too plain to show in ("It's a trail saddle" were her exact words).
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    02-25-2013, 08:24 PM
I feel your pain-I too am a "Matchy Matchy" sort. BUT, as long as the shade of leather on the saddle is close to the headstall, it is fine. Honestly. I even have a couple that are rawhide, which is not any shade of leather, but I figure since my seat is cream, I can get away with that.

As far as blankets and shirts-I have an assortment now......I look for used ones on ebay and get shirts to match, or just wear a nice white of back shirt-always a possibility. Guess reining may be a bit more casual, but I would think for your local stuff you could......My guy is black-and I love the teal too-but have gotten a couple of multicolored pads I really love. You can get just about any solid color you choose.....and take a look at these blankets-my weakness......but they do hold their value.........Yucca Flats Saddle Blankets

As far as saddles-someone I board with showed WP and she had a Billy Cook show saddle-probably about 10 yrs old. REALLY nice looking saddle and they are not terribly expensive..

What I do when I am looking at a saddle on eBay is measure the saddle I KNOW fits my horse. Measure the length, gullet, etc.....then ask the seller for pictures of the seat measurement, gullet measurement, etc...since some folks have no clue how to measure. AAt least if they give you the picture you can compare it to what you KNOW fits, and usually that has worked for me.

Good luck!
    02-25-2013, 08:37 PM
Unfortunately, the two saddles I know for sure fit him are my English saddle and my Aussie saddle...and my Aussie is two hours away in impound (long story). And neither of them fit like a western saddle.

In my area, there is only one saddle in my price range that would fit me and it's a Tex Tan western-style endurance saddle at one of the local tack consignment shops.

I was looking through my pics of the last schooling show I went to in March of last year (was a spectator) and more often than not, the western riders were showing in clean, well-fitting tack, nothing fancy. There were a couple of people with the full big show set up, but they didn't place any better because of it.

As for patterned pads, someone on my other thread had a good point that I don't want to get too busy with colors and patterns on the pad because Aires' is such a loud pinto that it'll be too much.
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    02-25-2013, 08:43 PM
That is a good point.....the Mayatex ones come in every color imaginable!

I would think that you would want FQHB, at the least, just because of Aires being a draft cross, but.......??
It is tough when you can't try them. I have spent a small fortune on postage to try some from used places.......
    02-25-2013, 09:07 PM
I'm seriously in love with this blanket:

I think I'm going to get that saddle anyway.
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