I have a few sets of barrel reins now (One is 6' and one is 7') that I've tried to use on Magic, but they just don't seem long enough. The 6' reins don't even reach all the way down her neck, and the 7' ones are just a tiny bit short for my liking (I can't quite remember where they end up on her neck, but I remember that I felt like I had to lean forward to keep from pulling back all the time.)
Is there such a thing as an 8' barrel rein? I've taken my 7' ones around to all the local shops and compared it to the ones they sell, and other than one adjustable length one that I don't particularly care for, I can't find anything longer.
Also, I've only recently started attempting to use barrel reins -- I've always used 8' split reins -- so I'm not really sure if there is a point where the reins are 'too long' or 'too short'. And I have some people tell me that I'm supposed to use only one hand, while others say to use two.
I'm doing speed events with them -- Since I'm used to split reins, I'll just keep using those for pleasure-type, but the excess rein gets in the way when I'm doing the speed events.