I decided that I needed a creative project while I'm on holiday so I decided to make some rope halters, rope reins and lead ropes. The halters have turned out fine, and the lead ropes are great but I'm really stuck on the rope reins.
I bought some lovely yacht rope, with a nice weight but I'm not sure whats the best way to attach them to the bit.
I have three options: a stainless steel clip, rope and leather slobber straps. Of the three, the clip and the rope attachment are the easiest for me to use as I'm having difficulty with the leather straps as I'm not sure what equipment I'd need or where to get the leather from (I live in South Africa if that helps).
So I just wanted to ask everyone who has some experience with rope reins and which attachment would be the best. I'm not phased about what the reins look like or if they look 'traditional', I just want the best for me and my horse.
The only concerns I have with the stainless steel clips is I'm worried they'll be too heavy if I use clips with enough of a 'breaking strength' and if they'll irritate my horse with them clinking by the bit (I use a loose ring french link snaffle).
I've attached images of the three types of attachments and would love to hear your opinions!
EDIT: Forgot to add, if anyone has used the rope attachments, what type of rope is the end (black part in the example picture)? Is it elasticated?