12-23-2010, 07:16 PM
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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?!)