I REALLY like the balancing side reins instead of the regular side reins because I can use them 3 different ways. I use them on my barrel horse and I use them on my hunter/jumper horse/dressage. My horse didnt like the balancing reins at first either but after fighting with himself he relized it was to much work. Now he accepts the bit and tucks in his head. Berfore investing in a tie down or a standing martingale or even a running martingale try to go through your other options first and let the tie down be the last resort.