01-18-2013, 05:02 PM
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Keep it. A nicely mannered, 19yo horse with good training doesn't need you to second guess the equipment.
Problems with tie downs occur on green horses that are given a tie down before they've accepted the bit. They can react by flipping. That gives the equipment a bad name. My babysitter QH, "Ro Go Bar", (1982-2009, RIP) starting tossing his head when we he was bored, and we were waiting for the battle--CW--, so, I put a tie down on him to keep from getting popped in the teeth. Worked great, and we only used it for that activity.