Great point, SMRobs and Saddlebag. I should have clarified that I am using a mylar bent snaffle and the reins would be attached to it. The nylon mecate reins seem to be pretty popular for the "show ring" but I'm not training to show right now. The horsehair material is more attractive to me from what I've read, the prickly nature offers a benefit in training in neck reining, etc.
Also , good point about the "extra" left over lead. I have some concerns on just how to make that work so that I'm not trying to carry the extra. I read a few other places where people wrap it around the horn to get it out of the way.
I am currently using some good, leather split reins..but want to experiement with a different option that might yield better results in combination with working on leg cues, body position, etc.