First you will not have sliders on so your mare is not going to be doing 35 foot sliding stops. I do not use skids except for shows or when I am actually working on stopping. If I am out working a horse loping turns and such I have my skid boots on my saddle but not on the horse. Then when I get ready to work on stops I put them on. I have never needed them while trail riding. However when I am on the trails I work my speed down. I do not ask for a stop. If I am loping I make my horse trot then walk then stop. I have yet to need to stop a horse on the trails from a full out run with building speed like you do in reining. Even if it is a light lope it is not enough to really get a deep stop even with my reiners.
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