March 28, 2007 on 6:39 am | In Horse Tack Reviews | No Comments

      WHY? M.C. Diamond Ranch http://mcdiamond.com/ pick “THE REINSMAN FLEX SADDLE” The flex tree is a wonderful idea that has been around for several years. The concept is to allow the bars of the tree to flex, thus conforming to the horses’ back. This allows the saddle to fit more horses and be more comfortable to the horse. Reinsman took its many years of experience; chose the best flex tree built and redesigned it for both the horse and the rider. 1) The most inherent problem with flex trees is over flexing in the middle or seat area. This allows a traditional ground seat to brake down and tear loose from the bars putting excessive pressure on the horses’ back. Reinsman designed a triple strength ground seat and a high tech fastening system to eliminate this problem. 2) Next, we enlarged the width of our bars to spread the pressure over a larger area for much more comfort to the horse. 3) Reinsman uses only top grade leather to finish out a nicer saddle that will last for years. 4) Reinsman has the ONLY “All Leather Flex Saddle”. The competition uses rubber in its skirts for less weight, but the rubber breaks down after a year or so. 5) We hand stitch all of our horns and cantles to last for years. 6) We use only top quality synthetic wool under our skirts. 7) We hand oil our saddles from the front to the back with top grade oil and antique that not only looks great but also softens the leather and prolongs the life and beauty of the saddle. 8) Reinsman’s “Flex Saddles” are just a couple of pounds heavier than our competitors, but we refuse to sacrifice weight for the quality and durability our saddles have over ALL of our competition. To see the Flex Saddles at a Great Price go to http://mcdiamond.com/Saddle%20Shop/comfortfit/comfordfit.htm . Also if you are a Reiner check out some Classic Reining Saddles here http://mcdiamond.com/Saddle%20Shop/reining/reinig.htm and the Brian Bell Reiners http://mcdiamond.com/Saddle%20Shop/BrianBell/brianbell.htm. Once you try a Reinsman product you will understand why their motto is “QUALITY HAS A STYLE ALL ITS OWN”.       M.C. Diamond Ranch       Mark Allen

Selecting the Right Bit

March 18, 2007 on 3:45 pm | In A Bit of Information | No Comments

We have received emails that have asked us what bit we recommend for their situation. I would like to put some of the factors here that I consider before I recommend any bit. The one thing every one should remember, the bit is one of the most important tools for the communicating from rider to horse. This is why you should purchase a “Quality” product that is balanced, so your horse does not resist his bit or give him the wrong single. If not, your horse is not relaxed in the bridle. Therefore, your communication is ineffective. This is why we recommend Reinsman Bits check out there selection out at: http://mcdiamond.com/bits/reinsman/reinsman_bits.htm

  First factor is what category you are riding in Training, Western, English, Barrel Racing or any other category. In most cases this will eliminate some of you choices. You need to check with your sport’s governing body to confirm which bits are legal for your event. AQHA to your local 4-H clubs will have “approved” bit lists for the events that you are participating in. If you are training a horse or just need a little tune up on your horse you could possibly add to that list using the other factors of selecting the right bit.

  Second factor, know your horse’s mouth.  How is your horse’s dental health? Bad dental health can make a great bit for that horse seem to be the one you are going to hang up on the tack room wall. Know the size the horse needs. A 5” mouth is standard, an Arab or a younger horse could take something smaller, a larger breed, something bigger.  How thick and wide is that sensitive muscle (the tongue) where pressure and relief give the bit its main means of control. Does your horse have a dry mouth? If so, Copper or Sweet Iron causes the mouth to salivate, keeping it soft and usable to the rider.

  Third factor, your horse’s level of training. Your horse has just begun training or has had little training. I personally like to start out with a snaffle. The term “snaffle” is in reality a term meaning the bit is in a direct line from the hands to the horse’s mouth. To be a true snaffle there can be no shanks or curb chains. The snaffle bit may be jointed or not. Ring Snaffle, Offset Dees, Full Cheeks and Eggbutt Dees all fall in this category. The Rockin “S” Snaffle Bit is one of my favorites in this category. This bit was designed to decrease the discomfort at corners of the horse’s mouth. This bit will not pinch. Take a look at this bit here http://mcdiamond.com/bits/reinsman/ringsnaffles/bb523.htm at this level your horse is learning basic gaits, transitions and obedience. The next level of training with more complex skills such as bending, collection, side passes and lead changes. At this point sometimes I like to go with a short shank bit with a curb chain. The Easy Five bit is a good choice for horses with good mouths that don’t need excessive amount of control. Take a look at this bit here http://mcdiamond.com/bits/reinsman/shortshankcurb/bb126.htm Another bit I like at this point is the Tender Touch: http://mcdiamond.com/bits/reinsman/camarillo/camarillobb409.htm the gag action is giving time for the horse to think before curb chain and mouthpiece tighten. The Junior Cow Horse http://mcdiamond.com/bits/reinsman/gagbits/bb520.htm works a lot like the Tender Touch and helps to get your horse’s legs underneath him and his rear end down.

  You can see we are trying to stay as mild as we can sometimes we have to take it up a step or two. Remember the bit is as severe as rider’s hands. The next level is the horse that is considered broke or finished; willing to obey commands. At this point you select the bit from the category you are riding in Reining, English, Barrel Racing or whatever kind of event you do. If you are riding English, and you need a little more bite but don’t want to go to a Kimberwick with a curb you might want to try King Dee slow twist http://mcdiamond.com/bits/reinsman/english/englishbb687.htm If you are a  barrel racer that has a strong running horse but needs help on rate and turns and you have good hands I like the Brown Futurity: http://mcdiamond.com/bits/reinsman/combination/combination_hackbb359.htm  Then there are Hackamores. Great for Speed Events, Trail Riding and just riding when a horse does not except the bit. A hackamore is essentially a halter equipped with some means of directing the horse without the use of a bit. The main differences between a hackamore and a bit and bridle are that a hackamore has something that goes over the nose and doesn’t have anything that goes in the mouth. There are levels in hackamores (like bits) if your horse doesn’t need much, this Hackamore does the job. The Little S: http://mcdiamond.com/bits/reinsman/combination/combination_hackbb365.htm If you need more, the Jim Warner “Works Great”: http://mcdiamond.com/bits/reinsman/combination/combination_hackbb397.htm When your horse is dropping a shoulder, select a bit which offers independent side movement this bit works http://mcdiamond.com/bits/reinsman/camarillo/camarillobb363.htm there are some of samples of what bits can help you do but remember Every horse and rider combination has specific needs and therefore require the proper bit. There are many things to take into account when selecting a bit, probably the most important is the experience, balance and sensitivity of the rider. Horses are also as individualistic as people and sometimes a bit that we think of as being mild is not one the horse is happy with. As the horse and rider change over time it may become necessary to upgrade to a different bit.

        We hope this information has helped,

        M.C. Diamond Ranch


March 12, 2007 on 6:41 am | In Horse Tack Reviews | No Comments


FEEL LIKE YOUR TACK IS OUT OF STYLE? WANT SOMETHING NEW? NEED SOME BLING-BLING? WE’VE GOT JUST WHAT YOU NEED! NOW AVAILABLE WIDE NOSE HALTER’S!!! The “Best” fitting and durable nylon halter you can buy. Check then out at http://www.mcdiamond.com/halter/halter.htm 

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Reinsman Discontinued Bits

March 2, 2007 on 9:17 am | In A Bit of Information, Horse Tack Reviews | No Comments

Reinsman Discontinued Bits:

Here are some of Reinsman discontinued quality bits at a very affordable sale price. Go here to see the few we have left http://www.mcdiamond.com/specialpage.htm Reinsman offers the largest selection of handmade bits, with over 500 styles. With their knowledge, experience and maintaining the cutting edge of developing the latest styles they add new bits and discontinue some slower moving bits. Some of the bits they take out of the line are great bits and I hate to see them go, like the Christy Gag Bit 3/8” copper with chain. I like this bit if you have a horse that has a lot of natural rate, soft mouth and needs bend with pole pressure for a good headset. The Heavy Ring 3/8” Copper Oval is another one that I was surprised they took out of the line. If you like a ring bit but are having a problem stabilizing the shoulder and the horse is over flexing this bit I like to use before I go to a shank bit. Sometimes this is all you need. Every horse and rider combination has specific needs and it would be impossible to have a selection that everyone thinks should be on the list. Can you imagine how many styles that would be? So to continue to deliver uncompromising consistency, innovative design and customer service some most go and, new innovative designs are added. Here are some new designs and will be more added this month here at http://mcdiamond.com/newitems/newitems.htm

              Mark Allen

              M.C. Diamond Ranch

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