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    08-21-2012, 12:36 PM
  #1
Foal
Reins and boots

Hey I am brand new to this forum and am a novice with horses so please excuse the stupid questions. I have tack from a few years ago when attempted riding that I've pulled out for the new horse I have gotten. It is an english endurance saddle and an english style bridle. A very good friend of mine is helping with him and she is great with almost everything but she is an expert in western riding. I need to know what reins I should get for my bridle. I am currently using western reins on an english bridle and bit. He responds just fine but I would like to get the appropriate equipment because we are going to start doing some fun shows in september. Also I have paddock boots that I just wear with jeans to ride right now. I figure I need to purchase appropriate pants and also do I need to get tall riding boots or can I just get half chaps to go to the show. Or is that just for casual around the barn? Basically I am asking what should I wear?? On a daily basis and for a fun show
     
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    08-21-2012, 04:17 PM
  #2
Weanling
Thnere are several types of english reins - all are proper.
There are laced reins (which are a pain to keep clean but good if horse is heavy on your hands and you need something to "hold" on to.
Link: http://www.dancanit.com/jthorse/imag...lish_Reins.jpg

You can buy them in leather or web - web is least expensive but can really be abrasive on your hands - even with gloves. (Can you tell I hate web reins?)

There are smooth leather reins like these:
http://www.chimacumtack.com/images/1000BioGripReins.jpg
They are easy to clean but on a sweaty horse can slip through your fingers and make holding onto the reins difficult.

There are reins with "'rein stops" - that is leather or some other material every so many inches so that you have something to grip if reins get sweaty. Like this: Leather Work & Saddles :: Heritage English leather work :: English Leather Continental Reins - Welcome to Gillie's Equestrian, home of great brands at affordable prices!

Then there are reins with "rubber" over them (what I prefer). Easy on the hands and sticky so they don't slip thru your fingers: http://www.netposse.info/images/RubberReins.jpg

For a fun show a clean polo shirt, clean light colored breeches (tan is popular) and paddock boots with chaps should be fine.
     
    08-25-2012, 12:43 AM
  #3
Foal
Thank you so much!! That was exactly what I needed to know!
     
    08-25-2012, 11:54 AM
  #4
Showing
Love love love my Nunn Finer reins. I have them on my every-day bridles as well as my show bridle. My neighbor got a pair and loves them too. You can check on vicrorycanter.com

As for boots, you really have to look for those that will feel comfortable. All mine (except one I got from consignment) are Mt. Horse. Ariat is another nice brand.
     
    08-25-2012, 02:57 PM
  #5
Foal
My paddock boots are ariat. Apparently they aren't currently making the color they are in anymore:/ they are a reddish brown and everyone seems to only be making the chocolate color. I think I'm just going to get some tall boots but they are so expensive. I just went to horse town and looked at the different style reins. They didn't seem very comfortable(all styles) but Im sure they have to be broken in. I'll take a look at the nunn finer:)
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    08-25-2012, 03:07 PM
  #6
Showing
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Originally Posted by Lealoni25    
My paddock boots are ariat. Apparently they aren't currently making the color they are in anymore:/ they are a reddish brown and everyone seems to only be making the chocolate color. I think I'm just going to get some tall boots but they are so expensive. I just went to horse town and looked at the different style reins. They didn't seem very comfortable(all styles) but Im sure they have to be broken in. I'll take a look at the nunn finer:)
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Nunn Finer doesn't have to be broke in. :) But they are not cheapey either unfortunately. Do you have any consignment stores around? 2 pairs of my tall boots came from consignment store in VA (both new, Mt Horse was 1/3 of price, those from England like 1/2 price).
     
    09-13-2012, 07:33 PM
  #7
Foal
The consignment store suggestion was great!! I got everything I need to do a real show from head to toe except my pants(wanted those new) from this great place in Madison ga. The lady there was SO nice and got me a really good deal on my boots!
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