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My Favorite Headstall Design from Matlock Rose

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In 1976 my friend Curly Tully and I were at Rex Caubel’s indoor arena in Denton TX for the North Texas Cutting Horse Association’s summer circuit show. As was the common practice in those days we cut for 3 days, had a day off and then cut for 3 more. Late in the afternoon before the day off Curly & I were visiting at my little tack display under the awning of my inline 2 horse trailer. Matlock Rose came up and asked Curly if he needed to work his horses the next day.

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Slot Conchos are Easy to Use and Safer than Chicago Screws for Attaching Bits to Headstalls

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We’ve all see those accidents when a concho comes loose and the bit is left hanging with no connection between the rider and the horse’s mouth. Slot conchos are the safest way to attach the bit end of your headstall to the bit because they won’t come untied and the strings that keep them in place are less likely to become worn than tie strings alone. They will never come unscrewed as can happen with screw conchos (also known as Chicago screws).

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How to Tie Rein Ends or Water Loops to Reins

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Rein ends, also known as water loops http://bit.ly/20fsiVp are short pieces of leather used to attach your reins to your bit with tie strings http://bit.ly/1n9YMBS. A rein end is attached to one side of each rein, looped through the bit ring and tied back to the opposite side of the rein. When a rein gets broken the tie string on the rein end will break or the rein will break in the hole the tie string was tied in which prevents a large section of your rein from breaking.

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Why Gamble With Safety and Success?

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My horses are everything to me. I know how important your horses are. I know how much you practice, how hard you try. I know the frustration that goes along with not getting the response you want. I know that without good communication you won’t reach your training goals.

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Preventing Cinch Sores

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Cinch sores or galls are spots on the skin, usually right behind the elbow, where the cinch or cinch buckle has rubbed the wrinkled and sweaty skin in that area until a sore develops.