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    03-29-2012, 04:24 PM
  #11
Trained
Thanks! Just ordered a pair to try. They look great and if they help with the sand issue that would be good! Priced well too!
     
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    03-31-2012, 12:54 PM
  #12
Foal
I'm just getting into reining, and have been going through the learning curve... like anyone I don't like wasting money on equipment that doesn't work well.

Another boot to try is the Pegasus Airboot. It does a great job keeping dirt and sand out while also reducing the heat that other boots seem to build up. Price isn't much different from Prof Choice or other mainstream brands.

What I really like about them is the ease of putting them on. There aren't a bunch of straps to deal with that you can inadvertently over tighten or get different pressure on the tendon based on different strap tightness. It has a Velcro attachment that runs the length of the boot for a uniform pressure and then has a support strap for the fetlock. They even have an easy way to line them up while fastening to get the right fit. No guessing.

They've been gaining popularity with eventers and cowboy mounted shooting. I ran across them from some of my eventer friends who use them in dressage to jumping. Honestly just a durable easy to use boot that actually performs the way they claim it does.
     
    04-01-2012, 06:23 AM
  #13
Trained
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Originally Posted by KarrotKreek    
I'm just getting into reining, and have been going through the learning curve... like anyone I don't like wasting money on equipment that doesn't work well.

Another boot to try is the Pegasus Airboot. It does a great job keeping dirt and sand out while also reducing the heat that other boots seem to build up. Price isn't much different from Prof Choice or other mainstream brands.

What I really like about them is the ease of putting them on. There aren't a bunch of straps to deal with that you can inadvertently over tighten or get different pressure on the tendon based on different strap tightness. It has a Velcro attachment that runs the length of the boot for a uniform pressure and then has a support strap for the fetlock. They even have an easy way to line them up while fastening to get the right fit. No guessing.

They've been gaining popularity with eventers and cowboy mounted shooting. I ran across them from some of my eventer friends who use them in dressage to jumping. Honestly just a durable easy to use boot that actually performs the way they claim it does.
I have the Pegasus and love them-but they do not come in solid colors (they have the colored trim on them), or at least that was true when I bought mine at Road to the Horse last year. Around here, boots worn in shows by the reiners are solid colors. I have not seen anyone with anything but solid black, white and occasionally brown. So the Pegasus stay home for schooling. I will also say that my trainer does not think they give as much support as the SMB's or Classic equines, so , again, mine get used minimally, in fact I am considering selling them. THey are also about the same price as SMB's, so I will go back to the Elites.
     
    04-01-2012, 08:43 AM
  #14
Green Broke
Cool franknbeans! Getting to pick out new stuff!

I really like that second headstall you posted....I think it will go nice with your Bob's(so jealous)! I would get the reins in the same width as the headstall, that is not a must, but that is my personal preference. I think it looks nice and a 5/8" rein will give you a little more feel than a 3/8". But ultimately if you have been riding with a 3/8" and that is what your more comfortable with..do it.

Olive oil is a good way to condition and soften leather...beware because it will darken a little. So do a test patch and let it dry completely.

You will have to post pics of him all tacked up in his show gear :)
     
    04-01-2012, 09:02 AM
  #15
Showing
New gear is always fun!

I really like white boots on reiners, provided they are really clean in their spins as nrha said. I always used white boots on Jana because she always plussed on her spins and a bit of vanity too, they just look really sharp. I use white boots almost daily, they get filthy, I soak them in a bucket with a bit of Orvus & Oxy-Clean and then hit them with the power washer, does a good job.

Love Schutz bros, good quality, great price. Reins, whatever feels good in your hands, I like a little wider, heavier rein myself. They seem to drape a bit better and feel like there's something there.
     
    04-01-2012, 09:10 AM
  #16
Trained
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Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
Cool franknbeans! Getting to pick out new stuff!

I really like that second headstall you posted....I think it will go nice with your Bob's(so jealous)! I would get the reins in the same width as the headstall, that is not a must, but that is my personal preference. I think it looks nice and a 5/8" rein will give you a little more feel than a 3/8". But ultimately if you have been riding with a 3/8" and that is what your more comfortable with..do it.

Olive oil is a good way to condition and soften leather...beware because it will darken a little. So do a test patch and let it dry completely.

You will have to post pics of him all tacked up in his show gear :)
I actually did order that headstall, and can't wait until it arrives! Ordered the 1/2" reins too.......I have some that are 5/8", I think......but, since I did also get all weak and get a rawhide (which I love too!) headstall......I will use them, most likely. This is the rawhide one I got.....

http://www.ebay.com/itm/180844598349...ht_1107wt_1219

I am SO bad.....I already have so much stuff, but am selling some to have $$ for the new.

All I need now is my bit hobbles, I think...I did get one Balding on eBay, and I think my trainer has another on order. He has been very vague about it, when it will be in, etc....which was why I got the one on eBay. I figure I can always sell it and not lose $$ if/when the one the trainer ordered arrives. He ordered 11 Balding, doesn't remember exactly which shanks, etc, but is sure at least one is the correction with rollers I need......and he gets a discount, so we will see.

Anxious to get all my stuff together and go ride and see my boy-beginning of May. My friend actually tried my Bob's the other day-she didn't like it. Apparently the horn is slightly higher than her Crates, and it was uncomfortable for her. I am anxious to try it, and hope I don't feel the same way. She lost part of her thumb last year (horse accident) and she hit it on the horn a few times.....that did it for her.
     
    04-01-2012, 09:34 AM
  #17
Green Broke
That headstall you got off Ebay is nice! I like how tight and fine the rawhide is on it. And if you wanted to dress it up even more you could buy some fancy silver buckles to put on it.

I hope you end up liking your Bob's too. That would be a bummer, it's a pretty saddle. But I probably wouldn't like it either if I kept on banging my sore thumb on it too! Ouch! That must of been a wreck.
The good thing about buying good gear is it is easy to resell and your not going to lose any money.
     
    04-01-2012, 09:43 AM
  #18
Trained
Exactly. That is why I am not worried about it. I doubt I would lose $$. I really love the originality of the good, hand made rawhide. I have found a bit hobble that matches it too, just have to get it. It will always have the light coloring going on, which goes with the saddle too, which I like. NOw, if I could just get my $$ back from Wengers for a saddle I returned 18 months ago......Grrrrrr. I am about to get really nasty with them. Not the son, who makes great custom saddles-the dad who has the retail business which he now takes not the road. If anyone ever sees him at a show-let him know I am thinking of him! And watching the mail for the ever-promised check........lol
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    04-01-2012, 09:43 AM
  #19
Trained
If I get a chance I will pull out my show bridles and take a few pictures and show the 3 in one that I have. It is not something you can buy but if you keep an eye out they are not hard to put together.


Also if you do decide to sell those boots let me know and what price you want for them. I am in a need for some work boots for the horses and do not want to buy new or pay a lot and do not want to use my show stuff. They get beat up so bad at times.
     
    04-01-2012, 09:44 AM
  #20
Trained
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Originally Posted by nrhareiner    
If I get a chance I will pull out my show bridles and take a few pictures and show the 3 in one that I have. It is not something you can buy but if you keep an eye out they are not hard to put together.
Would love to see! I am such a "tack *****".......lol I just love having lots of pretty really nice stuff.
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