The biggest tip I can give is to use separate tack for each event... for the speed events I use a s hackamore and a tie down (which Whiskey doesn't need, but it is very different from her western curb or english snaffle... I use a light barrel saddle for speed and my western pleasure saddle is heavier. When I put Whiskey's english stuff on, she knows low and long. Western stuff means slow and lift, and her speed stuff means go baby go! She is APHA, shown breed circuit, and has points in it all.
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