I know there are lots of strong opinions on tie downs, but lets try and keep this civil I have 2 questions, mostly for barrel racers. 1) What is the purpose of using a tie down? I think I already know but I'd like to hear your thoughts too 2) What type of horses would you put a tiedown on? The reason I'm asking is because I'm hoping to go abit faster with my mare this year (still not fast at all) and I'm wondering if I should get her a tiedown. We haven't had any problems yet though She has a naturally low head carrage and never "acts up".