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post #11 of 17 Old 03-15-2012, 09:39 PM
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You can enter to win a Balding bit on Facebook right now, worth a shot and you may get lucky!

You kind of get what you pay for to an extent. Then, you are paying for the craftsmanship /artisanship of a handmade item. It's one of those subtle things that many don't notice a difference between that and a "cheaper" ($100 range) one. These things do hold their value and there is a market for them.

It does seem funny that something so small and not dripping with silver can cost so much though. I know my insurance guy about wanted to sh*t when we had a "contents of trailer" rider added to our farm insurance. They can hardly believe the value that a small area can hold. If you think Balding's are spendy, try looking for a Klapper.
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post #12 of 17 Old 03-15-2012, 09:57 PM
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Also light weight reins tend to flop around more. It sounds strange, but it is true. I know some of the reiners like Romel reins, but I have no experience with those & personally don't like the look. As you know, it is tough to buy leather items that you can't see & feel in person. I usually go nuts at a trade show every couple of years and buy too much stuff.

If you're looking for reasonably priced reins, KO Trading has some in the $30-40 range that are heavy and long with enough oil & softness too. If you are looking to perfectly match reins to a headstall, I probably wouldn't buy a headstall from KO.
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Thanks CCH-Tell me about the "contents"....lol I have a never been able to put 2 horses in my "2 horse" trailer.......too much "stuff"!
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Over the years I have used several different bits. I have setteled on Mylar bits. They are nice quality bit and the price is not too bad. Only draw back is that they are for the most part a plane bit.

For head stalls and reins. I like Shultze Brothers. They are high quality good price and hold up really well. The reins work out well are soft once you condition them properly and are off good weight.

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I owuld love to be able to try some of the Balding bit out but just haven't gotten a chance yet. WOuld be nice to try one first before buying one but maybe one day I will have the cash on hand.

Agree that the Mylar bits are a decent bit and actually ride lost of my rope horses in them.

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Schultze was what the trainer recommends for reins-thanks NRHA. I love the ones I have been using, which are 1/2 inch, conditioned in Olive oil. (?) Yes, it is Olive oil. Anyway, those are what I will get. I also like the Balding, but am going to also look at Mylers.....I have heard they are a good compromise.

Thanks all-he was great today and it is really exciting, but SO much to remember!

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Every bit made in Balding's shop is a very good bit. Some of the best balance you'll find, even compared to more expensive bits.

I ride for some people who have some. I'm saving for my first now. The hard part will be deciding which one to buy first.
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