First off Keays I feel for you. I do. May you heal soon and smoothly. What happened to Pete? Anyone know?
And, your right, with a body injury you learn new ways to ride.
I for example mount from the off side which is now my on side you could say.
My left knee was kicked by a horse years ago, shredding it. It does not curve to the animals body and is almost useless in the saddle. I too use split reins like Heyes to help control my beast (no I do love my big Palomino just times he can be a real beast...never get a horse born on April Fools Day).
Speaking of horses. . .I would be all over that topic list too. I have ridden since I could walk. I have many of my injuries because for years I used to buy up dinks, retrain them and sell them out. Hard/Fun work which at my current age I somedays really regret. Currently we have: Bugs, Gunner, Leo, Reggie, Rowdy, Lily, and Mare who is really Freckles but since she gave birth to Rowdy has always been called Mare. Freckles never fit her - just part of her registered name. And, it is said in horse circles it is bad luck to rename a horse. Don't know if that is true or not. But, we technically did not rename her. So yeah, I would be all over that topic too.
Oh and we collect tack too...got some great old saddles. Myself, I find the McCellan the most comfortable of the old saddles.
When watching a western my hubby is all over the guns. "That isn't period. That didn't come out til 1889."
While I am over there, "That guy has no idea how to ride. Cannot believe they are using those type of saddles -- oh my gosh they came straight off the western store display floor."
Yeah, we are a matched pair.
Wichita Red, "I'm not really a rebel, but I take chances. I have a good time, and I live life the way I want to live it."