Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Arkansas & Texas
I've only ever used western tack..Except for my dressage whip. However, I ride in a barrel racing saddle, using barrel racing reins. While I'm not actually a barrel racer at all. Those are just the things that I feel the most comfortable riding with. I tried using a roping saddle, but it was extremely uncomfortable, and I got saddle sore easier. However, my dad never rides a horse without his roping saddle, and swears by his split reins. I hate split reins.
The way that I use the reins depends on the horse. If the horse was trained to neck rein all of his life, then of course I am going to neck rein. However, with most of my horses, they were never taught to neck rein. So, I had to go with direct reining (with my family, they call it "plow reining"). All my life, I have been taught nothing else but direct reining, so when I got a horse that would neck rein, it took me a while to get used to the fact that I did not have to move my hands as much.
To this day, I still do a mixture of the 2 when I'm riding.