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    12-21-2010, 07:18 PM
  #11
Yearling
I use rubber reins for both schooling and showing. I rather like them, especially when I'm going cross country because if they get wet they don't get slippery at all.
     
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    12-21-2010, 07:22 PM
  #12
Green Broke
I have web reins with handstops that came with my Collegiate bridle. I just bought a Bobby's bridle that came with braided reins, going to try those and see what I think.

I had rubber reins (rainbow ones to be specific) and hated them. Kiddo is using them now, she likes how thick they are and my trainer likes the ability to tell her what color to be holding.
     
    12-21-2010, 09:50 PM
  #13
Trained
Deflina, the rubber reins I use, are not the thick rubber covered leather reins like these:



Mine are the 2nd one down, but mine are black



These one's are good:

Dover Saddlery | Dover England Rubber-Lined Reins .
     
    12-21-2010, 10:18 PM
  #14
Green Broke
Ok, the ones I am using look just like the rubber ones you linked, only they have leather notches on them. I absolutely love those reins! I thought they were web reins... guess not!

It's the thick rubber-coated ones I despise. Just way too thick to be trying to hold those and a dressage whip, not to mention I looked ridiculous riding in rainbow reins at my age!

I am going to try the braided leather reins, I've got two horses right now and I don't want to be switching the reins around constantly. I figure I can decide which reins I like best and then I'll just use those permanently once my 2nd horse sells.
     
    12-21-2010, 10:51 PM
  #15
Showing
MIE, I think what you have is called web/rubber (I have something similar). I don't like rubber-rubber because it's very sick and feels awful on my hands.
     
    12-22-2010, 11:59 PM
  #16
Weanling
I use the same as MIE (but with notches) for marco (likes to snatch reins) but I will now ride with gloves on aswell, and I use to use them for ozzie in cross country. I like them
Every day riding and dressage with ozzie is padded soft leather ones. They are awesome!! Never had a blister yet even if I go out trail riding in a snaffle (with minimal brakes) and my horse pulls the whole time, still no blister! LOVE THEM!!
     
    12-23-2010, 11:48 AM
  #17
Weanling
I like the rubber reins. I've got a great pair of Stubben reins that I got with my bridle that feel really nice in my hand (nice weight and thickness) and are just the right length. Totally worth the upgrade cost.
     
    12-23-2010, 07:16 PM
  #18
Green Broke
I love the pair of braided reins I have on my own bridle that I bought recently.

Bart's bridle has rubber reins on them....he is a school horse, and used for better beginners in the summer, but can pull a bit, so the rubber is nicer to grip. Pilgrim (now sold lesson horse) had braided reins that would tear chunks out of my fingers. I HATED them. Can't remember what the two other school horses that I rode had though....

My western bridle has just plain smooth leather on them, and I enjoy those.

I used a pair of rope reins to hunt in one, and that was slightly owie as Cannon was in a borrowed bridle, and not in the same bit as usual, so he was pulling.

Honestly, I am probably indifferent to what reins I used as growing up I only really had smooth reins and driving lines to use, and never rode/drove in gloves. It is nice to experiment though.

I am currently on the search for a pair of plain smooth english reins to use with my newly gotten Pelham! :) (Can you tell I am excited?!)
     

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