I've recently purchased a new dressage bridle for myself. Admittedly, it wasn't the priciest bridle available, but I think that it will serve my purposes for the most part. Unfortunately the reins are an utter disappointment. They are thick, solid rubber. There is not even the most remote hope for any type of finesse using these reins. It's uncomfortable even to hold them in the appropriate fashion, excluding the pinky. I would literally have to hold the reins in my fists to use them.
So... I need to find another pair of reins to use... and I'm coming up with more issues than I could have anticipated. My favorite reins are flat, plain reins. No stoppers, no rubber. Lacing is alright, but still not my favorite. Does anyone know where I might find flat black reins for less than I spent on my bridle? I spent $80 on the bridle... and most of the reins I'm seeing are pitifully expensive.