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    03-26-2012, 11:22 AM
Time to buy new "stuff"-need advice

So, altho I have tons of "stuff"......I am now wanting to get new, specific to reining, with an eye on possibly showing. That said, this "stuff" is not cheap, so I want to do it right the first time, and am looking for a bit of advice, altho I have also consulted my trainer. He is not as into the "pretty" and "match" as I am.

I also have a major store credit from a tack shop, which helps immensely.

So, I have a black horse, 2 white rear stockings. I have SMB Ventech Elite front boots in black I use for every day, but am looking at getting white ones for the fronts for shows. THoughts? Do I need the Elites or can I go with a less expensive SMB?

Schutz reins-3/8" or 1/2? Waterloop ends, and my trainer says soak them in olive oil? That one is new by me.......

Headstall-want a good one I can use every day and for show. I hate switching the bit all the time, and with a Balding, I cannot get 2. Not too "blingy", and my saddle is a Bob's, on the light side of medium oil color with a cream seat, this one:
Bobs Custom KR Reiner 16'' seat QH Bars | eBay

So I am looking at these headstalls:
Rawhide Trimmed Headstalls with Pinwheel Conchos | Horse Tack


Basket Stamped Headstall with Rust/Silver Buckles & Conchos | Horse Tack

Will need a bit hobble to match, depending on which headstall I end up with, as well as a curb.

I want a Yucca Flats blanket, but that will have to wait......For now we have a cornflower blue one and a multi color that looks sort of like a Yucca flats, with blue and red......

Anything else you can think of? Just need to get it all in place before May.

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    03-26-2012, 11:25 AM
Reins? It didn't look like those bridles came with any.
    03-26-2012, 12:09 PM
No-they don't-I am getting either 3/8 or 1/2 inch Schutz....they are plain, waterloo-the only difference is the width. I know I like narrow, just not sure which.
    03-26-2012, 12:10 PM
I need opinions on which headstall, which reins, black or white boots, and whether they need to be the "elites". I wasn't too clear.....sorry.
    03-26-2012, 12:34 PM
I love the second headstall. Its beautiful.

Go with white boots for show. Use a pressure washer after each show to keep them clean. I would go with the elites. They are amazing. But I also has SMB II's that work well for my barrel horses.

I would go with the 1/2 inch reins.
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    03-26-2012, 01:08 PM
I don't love the SMB IIs (too bulky), nor do I like the IIIs, which are not front/hind specific. I would go for the Elites, in white, like Clare suggested. I also like the second headstall; it looks very classy and I think it'll match your saddle well.
    03-26-2012, 02:31 PM
Thanks! Appreciate the input!
    03-28-2012, 01:58 PM
Ok here is what I do. Not sure I would say it is just reining.

I like the Pads that have no color to them. Why can I not remember the name. Big name high price wool pads. Anyway. I like to get the ones that are just the wool pad that way I can get what ever color blanket to go over. They are cheap come is A LOT of colors and paters so is it easy to change them out. Leg gear I like White or off white. This for 2 reasons. White goes with EVERYTHING and my horses are all very very nice fancy turners and white shows this off. This is what I would look to if I was choicing a color for leg gear. Not to match. Bad turners get black good turners get white.

Net show brilde. I have 2 and both are made so that I can make then into a 1 ear 2 ear or brow band brilde. One is rawhide and horse hair and the other is silver. Again depends on the horse which one I will use.

Reins I do not change out reins from show to work. I find that this is very important as it can change the feel. I prefer Shutzs Brothers reins and work tack. Good quality and good price.

Saddles. That almost comes down to a personal things.
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    03-28-2012, 02:54 PM
Thanks NRHA-Great minds think alike....perhaps? I have a 5 star pad (which is what I think you are referring to, in blackm 3/4" and that is exactly what I do. I use my "pretty" pads over that one. Horse gets comfy, and I get pretty. Everyone wins.

I did order the Schutz reins-that was what my trainer suggested, and I am going to get a one ear headstall-I haven't seen any that can do all 3? That is a new one by me.

I have yet to try my saddle on my own horse, so I hope it works. My friend tried it yesterday and she thought the horn was too high for her. We will see how I like it. If not-the good news is the Bobs sell well.

Thanks for your input-I will get some white front boots.......
    03-29-2012, 05:08 PM
I really llike the RES Sport boots. They are not bulky. They have great bell boots splint boots and polo wraps too! www.resboot.com

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