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  • Comparison of horsehair and smooth reins on a bosal
  • How to make horse hair mecate reins

 
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    12-12-2008, 07:15 PM
  #11
Trained
I didn't know they made them from mane hair. Learn something new every day!
     
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    12-13-2008, 07:03 AM
  #12
Foal
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
Yeah, I don't like the horsehair mecate reins either. When I was still at home and working a lot at the barn, it wasn't so bad because my hands were rough and callused (sp?) but now my hands have softened up and the horse hair reins bother me. I like the poly marine rope like iride said. And yes, it can get confusing at first if you switch back and forth from snaffle to bosal. Use the bosal exclusively for a while until they are going good in it before trying to use a snaffle again. If it was me and they go good in the bosal, I would just leave the snaffle hanging in the tack room. You can neck rein in a bosal the same as any other headstall. For direct reining, it just takes some time for the horse to get used to the different pressure points but works well once they pick it up. Good luck and keep us posted.
I'm hoping that I like the bosal that much too, or, rather that my horse likes it so much he responds better.

I am getting more and more used to the horsehair reins. I have everything in for the winter now and I "play" with it every day and I am not minding it so much now.

But, what I don't care for is the extra mecate length it has to it.

I don't like the extra bulk it adds to my horn and I don't put it in my belt loop like some people. I had just put up my marine rope rein set that had the extra length to it for the same reason, now I have to deal with it again.
     
    12-13-2008, 07:21 AM
  #13
Showing
There are some places that sell "sport length" marine rope reins. I think you can get them in 10 ft. And 14 ft. One thought about the extra rein, coil it up and tie it to the front of your saddle using a saddle string. You can tie it around the swells or to the keeper for your excess latigo. Make sure that you use breakable items to tie it up just in case it gets caught on something. This also works well to tie it around their neck if you are in an area where getting caught on something is not a problem.
Instructions for Knots Used for Tying Lead or Mecate End for Riding
     
    12-13-2008, 08:31 AM
  #14
Foal
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
There are some places that sell "sport length" marine rope reins. I think you can get them in 10 ft. And 14 ft. One thought about the extra rein, coil it up and tie it to the front of your saddle using a saddle string. You can tie it around the swells or to the keeper for your excess latigo. Make sure that you use breakable items to tie it up just in case it gets caught on something. This also works well to tie it around their neck if you are in an area where getting caught on something is not a problem.
Instructions for Knots Used for Tying Lead or Mecate End for Riding
Oh my gosh, at first I read that twice that you wanted me to tie it around MY neck! LOL! Then I finally got it right.

That is a FANTATSTIC idea about tying it up to my saddle string! They've always been pretty much useless for me up till now. I have used the back ones occasionally to use as a spanker when I switched out my other extra length mecate reins.

Thanks also for the website, I will be looking into that today.

I am hoping to use the horsehair reins for the most part. I'm going to give it all I have since I don't want to have wasted my money on them. But, if I can't, then yes, I will have to invest in another marine rope set.

Thanks so much, I appreciate your help.
     
    12-13-2008, 07:52 PM
  #15
Showing
No problem, I hope all works out for you.
     

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