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post #1 of 8 Old 03-21-2011, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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barrel vs. roping reins for both events

should I get barrel reins or roping reins? I want to do a bit of both... whats the difference?
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-21-2011, 03:36 PM
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Hmm, I've always thought they were basically the same thing. I would think that a good pair of either would work for both.

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post #3 of 8 Old 03-21-2011, 03:36 PM
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The same - basically - they are 8 foot continuous reins.
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post #4 of 8 Old 03-21-2011, 03:39 PM
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The biggest difference alot of the time is that barrel reins have knots... where most roping reins do not. I prefer Roping reins when I run.

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If the barrel reins have knots, then I would definitely avoid those for roping. Sometimes you have to slip a few inches of rein when you're roping and I can only imagine how difficult that would be with knots in them, especially when you have the extra coils in that hand as well.

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post #6 of 8 Old 03-21-2011, 03:54 PM
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not all barrel reins have knots in them.. my reins are were called barrel reins and they didn't have knots..

I think a lot of the time the leather ones are called roping reins and cotton/nylon/other materials are called barrel reins

If you get reins like this:


ALWAYS double check to make sure they are in the buckles securely (before EVERY ride) - these are famous around here for slipping and a rein coming undone - I've seen it probably half a dozen times in the middle of barrel & pole runs)

These come in the knotted and just one continuous flat rein - just be cautious of using them ;)

Personally, I don't like knotted reins - if I use them, then I "custom" knot them myself - I buy a pair of handmade ones in a 10-12ft length then add knots where I need them

Also I would not purchase flat nylon reins unless you plan on wearing gloves every ride - these can give horrible rope burns

IMO a nice set of cotton or leather reins is the best

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post #7 of 8 Old 03-21-2011, 06:12 PM
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there basically the same. Alot of barrel reins don't have knots. Some roping reins are a little longer.

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post #8 of 8 Old 03-21-2011, 09:55 PM
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Ususally roping reins are leather and barrel reins are braided nylon. They are sort of specific to the event....why not get a pair of each?
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