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.