I guess I didn't think that MY English reins are over 5' long. Sorry.
Still, I gotta ask, why ARE the splint reins about 10' long?
They're not each 10' long. They are each individually 5' long. My English reins are 10' long from end to end. With 8' split reins, I should have about 3' of excess, which would hang partway between his shoulder and knees. I've never seen 10' split reins before.
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If I could find a pair of 10' split reins, though, I would buy them since I've got a couple of rather large horses to ride.
For example...this pony was only 13.1 and had a very short neck...and the reins I was using were 8' long. Still not dragging the ground as you can see the ends of them right around his knees.