Ok-I am new to reining. Have learned a TON in the last year or 2, but still.....a reforming h/j person, who is used to snaffles, so I am totally lost here. I have a friend who is also learning, so, we are learing together. Anyway-she sent her horse away last January to a well respected reining trainer. He did a great job with her mare, but here is the thing. It seems like nothing will do but the most expensive things going. Balding spurs (at about $500) and bits (also about $500), and only certain items will do, and HAVE to be from certain places.
Fast forward, and now my guy is at training-also a well known name in reining, but a different one. I am almost afraid to ask! I love buying nice things for my horse, but I do feel that that much bit or spurs is a bit TOO much.
What does everyone use? Aren't there other makers who make very similar products without having to have the name?
My showing will be regional at best. IT is not like I will be doing derbys or something. Mostly Greens.....time is limited, and I really just want to have fun.
I am also intimidated but leverage bits-but I know I will get used to them.....I have been a "snaffle" person too long......
I am also looking for BLACK spur straps, if anyone knows where I can get them.....reasonably.