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    02-25-2009, 11:38 AM
Green Broke
Yea, I might tag along to one of the shows with the western trainer at my barn! She is an amazing Barrel racer and I would like to just try it once or twice, because I think Blue would enjoy it!
I don't think my dad would ever let me do anything without a helmet anyways! I wouldn't risk it, I have seen what happens to some barrel racers.
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    02-25-2009, 05:01 PM
You should give it a go stormy! It's loads of fun, even if you just go really steady :] Trust me, I did for many years! Not so much any more though, lol.
    02-26-2009, 05:20 PM
For those who say gaming/barrel reins are too short and you know this from riding other people's horses...

Barrel reins don't all come in the exact same length- you adjust them to your body and your position so they are comfortable for you.
I would also hate riding with someone else's barrel reins simply because my reins are set for ME.
It's very easy to buy a set and adjust them to the length that works best for you.
    02-26-2009, 05:45 PM
I was saying that any gaming reins are too short for ME unless they are about the length of english reins! :] These are the reins I do everything, and they are the perfect length for me. I would call them stock reins... I guess. Kind of a cross between english/gaming reins.
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    02-26-2009, 07:05 PM
Those are probably about the length of my gaming reins.
    02-26-2009, 07:15 PM
Well over here they are tpp long to be considered gaming reins... Though you ride western yes? So do you ride with fairly loose reins and a curb bit?

They are pretty long when I have a good contact.
    02-26-2009, 07:21 PM
Yeah, I ride with one hand (neck rein) western. My barrel bit is a gag bit that I put the least amount of contact on possible (mostly because he is so sensitive to it). Mine may be a bit shorter than that, but not by too much.
    02-26-2009, 07:27 PM
Yeah I guess that's the difference, the would be a good length for you but for me if I tried to ride at full lnegth one handed I wouldn't be able to steer very well!
    02-27-2009, 09:47 AM
Green Broke
Id be riding full contact in my snaffle, you have to ride full contact with Blue
    03-01-2009, 06:27 PM
Same as me stormy. That's why I prefer english length reins, but my nice cotton ones with no buckle :]

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