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post #1 of 7 Old 09-25-2010, 02:08 AM Thread Starter
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Training, tack, etc

I'm riding a horse (not mine, but my responsibility) that has previously been trained for western pleasure and some reining. I am using the tack that the owners have (they don't ride the horses) and buying anything else I need. I'm using a western saddle (sorry, don't know the type) and a western bridle with a curb bit (i just upgraded from a snaffle, she responds much better and is calmer with the curb). I'm looking to reintroduce her to the training that she once had, and don't know what tack exactly I should have. Breastplate? Noseband? I definitely need help with headset.
We have been working on barrels and other speed events as well, and this weekend are competing in a small, low-key gymkhana. She is a runner, and tends to really go at it. Do I need boots for her?
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-25-2010, 02:36 AM Thread Starter
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...odd this isn't showing up on newest posts.
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Are you trying to show or just compete in speed events?
If your looking to do WP, then a training fork could hepl with a headset. BUT don't use it with a curb.
I wouldnt worry about a breastcollar, theyre only functional if the saddle slips back. A noseband wont do much either, just stop her from putting her head up to far and hitting you. If she is gaping her mouth when you use a snaffle, use a cavesson. If she can't open her mouth, then she can't avoid the bit.
If your going to be competeing in speed events, I definitaly recomend boots, a noseband/tiedown and the breastcollar for the speed events. An ounce of prevention......especially if the horse isnt yours.
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I have never had the need for a tie down. I do gymkhanas with my horse, but have never used a tie down. I work lots on getting my horse to listen to my commands. I use a simple snaffle and a simple leather western bridle. Nothing fancy. I use boots on my horse, just for protection because sometimes he looses him mind :roll:, and forgets where he puts his legs. I prefer him not getting hurt. If your horse listens to you, you really should need nothing fancy, no tie down or anything. In my experience, tie downs are only short term, teaching a horse is long term. I prefer to do a little more work the first time, and then have a really responsive horse that I don't need anything to ride them. My horse, OTTB, was really highstrung, still is now. Only been 3 years. Can ride him without anything, no saddle, no halter or bridle. I really work on listening to aids.
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Its showed up for me...
Are you trying to show or just compete in speed events?
If your looking to do WP, then a training fork could hepl with a headset. BUT don't use it with a curb.
I wouldnt worry about a breastcollar, theyre only functional if the saddle slips back. A noseband wont do much either, just stop her from putting her head up to far and hitting you. If she is gaping her mouth when you use a snaffle, use a cavesson. If she can't open her mouth, then she can't avoid the bit.
If your going to be competeing in speed events, I definitaly recomend boots, a noseband/tiedown and the breastcollar for the speed events. An ounce of prevention......especially if the horse isnt yours.


I agree with everything saddledragon said.
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You can use cavessons and tie-downs if you want or you can use horsemanship. If you don't have a proper headset then why are you trying to train for speed events? When you get the feet right then the head will get right and you will have no need for gimmicks or devices.

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post #7 of 7 Old 09-27-2010, 08:19 AM
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You can use cavessons and tie-downs if you want or you can use horsemanship. If you don't have a proper headset then why are you trying to train for speed events? When you get the feet right then the head will get right and you will have no need for gimmicks or devices.

Agreed. Exactly what I was saying
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