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post #1 of 30 Old 02-24-2009, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I'm thinking about doing a few small shows in gaming events, like barrels. I have a western Wintec saddle, and would only be doing one or two shows. Is it ok for me to use my english bridle minus the cavason for barrels? Also, can I wear a helmet? I'm not going to risk my life for looks.

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post #2 of 30 Old 02-24-2009, 02:38 PM
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I just saw novice gaming event on sunday. There were some girls wearing helmets, so here it was ok, and almost all of the about 98% were riding with hackmores. but they were running poles, so I'm not sure about barrels.
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Is there a parent association that sets the rules for the shows?
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Yep, you can wear a helmet. If you don't wear a helmet you must wear a cowboy hat (as far as NBHA shows go. If they're just local you could probably wear whatever or nothing).

Your english bridle will probably be fine, but in my experiance, the reins on an english bridle are longer than I like. Is there anyway you could attach leather gaming reins to that bridle?

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Are you under 18? Some places require a helmet anyway.
If it is associated with NBHA or a local division you could check with them but if it is just local you should be fine with whatever.

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Ok, cool! I don't like gaming reins at all! They are WAY to short IMO! Thanks you guys! I have heard that wintec western saddles are bad, why?

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Fair enough, but gaming reins will really help imo. Obviously if not if youre not comfortable using them though. Do you ride the pattern with one hand or two?
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I have heard that wintec western saddles are bad, why?
IMO, I think they look "fake" or "toy like". I don't like them at all. I feel as though they could fall apart at any minute, not that they actually will. I don't know, I just really don't like them.

As far as your other questions go, yes you can wear a helmet, and yes you can use your English bridle.


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Here in AUS, except for rodeo and western riders who there aren;t as many of, we all do barrels in english tack. Mostly a stock saddle and a barcoo bridle, but in Pony Club pretty near everyone does it in an all purpose saddle, and a plain snaffle bridle. And we still go pretty darn fast!

Spastic, I ride in normal length cotton reins. I HATE gaming reins! I can;t give my horse rein if I need to, and I can't open my inside rein to free up their shoulder. It's each to their own really, but in my case, and all the coaches i've had, gaming reins are mroe of a hindrance. And I actually ride mounted games, that they are made for here!

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For a barrel run, I always use shorter reins I ride one handed and at this point my horse doesn't really need much guidance around the barrel. He mostly rides off of my leg and I find I get better times when I am not worried about slack hanging all over the place. That or I take normal reins (About the length of english ones, not my split reins) and tie a knot in them.

To each his own though
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I love how there are so many different ways to do the one thing! There's not many bigger differences than between english and western, though. Especially english in Australia vs. Western in the US.

I always ride two handed doing any game. Because over here we do way more games, a typical gaming weekend can have anywhere from 7-15 games. There are some of these games that would be impossible to do one handed completely off leg. A lot of them are so tight that your horse needs the suppoert of a strong outside rein and weight in the buit combined with leg to get them trhough the pattern.

There are a lot of people here who use sporting reins as we call them, gaming reins as you do. I used to when I started out, but have now changed back to normal length reins. I don't like english reins, I use cotton one piece reins that are a bit longer than your average gaming reins. Here is why:

Because we ride two handed, we also turn a lot differently. My own technique uses an open inside rein to free up the shoulder and give the shoulder a pocket of unrestricted room to move into. In gaming reins, it is impossible to do this and maintain a supportive outisde rein.

Another thing is I never ride with a set rein length. Depending on my horses mood, freshness, the game, the weather, etc I will vary my length of rein. This is very difficult in gaming reins!

In between games, I let me horse stretch out and often take him for long rein trots to stretch out his back. This is impossible in gaming reins. Keep in mind we do whole weekend of gaming and are on the horses backs all day.

These are the reasons why I personally don't use gaming reins.

My mounted games coach likens games reins or knotted english reins (what many people do here as a quick fix) to trianing wheels on a bike. We are all accomplished enough riders that we should be able to hold our reins at whatever length we wish, and alter them when we wish, and relying on a knot is a step backward. But that is in regards to mounted games, which is a bit different to the gaming you guys are talking about.

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