It's a western style rein that is a single loop with a quirt attatch. The quirt is pretty much a crop, but you ARE NOT allowed to use it to cue the horse in anyway. It's a Vaquero tool and are actually quite popular in the show ring.
Oh yeah I've seen those before :), they look like they have little paddles on the end lol. Hmm... I could see If TSC has them, or maybe even the little tack shop that a lady we know owns. Her daughters show, so she might have them, or be able to get them In. I'm going to try the reins, because they match her leather work bridle, and my show bridle. There like a rich brown with blue stones on them. I also have a black pair, but I didn't want to mismatch. I talked to my friend on the phone who trains, to see If she wanted to come out and help lol. She said I didn't need her, but If I get nervous, tie the reins around the horn forget them and just cue her all leg. I have to learn to trust her with out them, because she's not rein trained, she's seat and leg. So my friend said It doesn't matter If you got them or not, which Is true LOL. When I tried to slow her trot down with the reins, she just collected her head and kept going the same speed. I had to one rein stop her. Then the lady tells me she's not rein cued, she said seat deep and back and she stops. I got her almost In to the canter, sat deep, leaned back a dab and she didn't take another step. I was like "URT!" lol I can't believe how much training she has for a 2yr.old
I lost the show bill, so when I find it (lol) I'll call them and ask what they do and don't accept In the ring. Linda Is pretty open minded as long as the tack Is legal and not dangerous. All her classes she allows spurs, and In english shows she allows hand-held crops (but not In jumping for safety purposes). Your not "required" to where a western hat In pleasure. She enforced that because to many people had hats flying off and she got sick of sending people out to "fetch" them. So unless your hat has a tie under your chin or something to hold it down. She prefers you only wear them on days where the wind Is calm. When I was showing my arabian about 6 hats flew off just in one class! I'd be annoyed about It as well. I think most people like wearing a hat to cover there helmets. Then again most don't even wear one :roll:. I only get away with It when I'm inside showing, other than that my mother wont let me ride with out one.
A quick tip to hold a western hat on, even in the worst wind. You can bobby pin it to your hair. You know that band of material or somethimes leather that runs just inside of the hat? A couple of bobby pins can be slipped in under that, to connect it to your hair. I've used that for years (even indoors if I'm doing an event like reining) to keep it in place.
Good idea to call and just ask about what's legal. That way there won't be any doubts in your mind.
Oh, and just keep on practicing. You'll get better, both with using the split reins and with guiding her with your legs. Nobody learns overnight, but you can't learn if you don't practice either. Best of luck.