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post #1 of 15 Old 05-10-2014, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
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Opinion on weighted reins?

Angel broke one of my split reins yesterday and now I'm looking at getting another set. I've never tried a weighted split rein before, but have heard nice stuff about them. I found a pair at out local tack store and was wondering what other people's opinions are before I look at buying them.

The reins I'm looking at are 8ft 5/8 inch
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post #2 of 15 Old 05-10-2014, 06:05 PM
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Heavier reins give quicker release. I find that to be desirable.

I have never heard the term "weighted reins," though.
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post #3 of 15 Old 05-10-2014, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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Maybe it's a southwest thing then? Everyone I know around here refers to them as weighted reins. The ends are thicker so they add weight and are suppose to not swing as much.

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My husband and I both have a pair from teskeys. My husband loves them. I didn't really like the feel of mine, I ended up cutting about 6" off the ends of mine which helped a lot. Had them about 6 years and they are still nice.
We have these: Teskey's Saddle Shop: Heavy Oiled Cowboy Split Reins - Reins - Tack
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I use these romals for show and some that only weight 28 oz and are made from parachute cord for training. Never seen a weighted split rein though.
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post #6 of 15 Old 05-10-2014, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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I'm not looking to show in them very much, maybe like 5 or so shows. Mostly just to ride in, trail ride, and do some training.

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I've seen weighted split reins and used a pair. I didn't much care for them, but maybe that's just because I'm used to not having them. Unless you have really small hands and need the thinner reins, you'd be served just as well by buying a pair that's slightly wider and forgetting the weighted ends. I really like the 3/4 inch. I used to have a pair of 5/8 inch, but they were way too light. The horse couldn't feel my cues well enough.

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I've seen weighted split reins and used a pair. I didn't much care for them, but maybe that's just because I'm used to not having them. Unless you have really small hands and need the thinner reins, you'd be served just as well by buying a pair that's slightly wider and forgetting the weighted ends. I really like the 3/4 inch. I used to have a pair of 5/8 inch, but they were way too light. The horse couldn't feel my cues well enough.
Why didn't you like the weighted reins?

To be honest I don't really know what kind of reins I prefer. I've only ever really ridden in the pair of split reins that Angel just broke and a couple roping reins. The split reins I had looked almost identical to these onesTeskey's Saddle Shop: Premium Split Reins with Rawhide Lacing
I do have a back up pair that I bought in case something like this happened. They're still 5/8th inch, but like twice as thick as my old ones. I only rode in them once, yesterday after Angel broke the first pair, and I'm not quite sure about them. I don't know if it's because I'm not use to them being that thick or what.
This is the back up reins I have: Heavy Oiled Split Reins

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I just didn't really care for the way they felt. Without the weighted tails, they moved around a bit, but I never had trouble with them getting in my way.

Yeah, the ones with the rawhide lacing are relatively lightweight reins and I can imagine that going from them to the heavier reins would be a big difference.

Another thing that might cause you to not be sure how you like those second ones is the difference in length. A person wouldn't think that 6 inches could make that much difference in feel but it does.

The ones I get are about in the middle between those two. They are heavier/sturdier than the rawhide accented pair, but not quite as thick as the ones from Jeffers.

These are what I buy...all I've bought for years. Other than a couple that have been broken by greenies, they're still almost like new only better because they are broke in now LOL.
Shop Waterloop Split Rein 3/4in x 8ft

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post #10 of 15 Old 05-12-2014, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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I agree about how 6 inches can make a huge difference. I like all of my split reins to be about 8 ft. The ones you posted look nice, but are a little out of my price range. I don't have a lot to spend since I'm saving for a new horse trailer. I don't really want to go over $45 and the shipping and handling for the reins is like $15, which I find a little much for just a pair of reins. The ones I was originally looking at I can get from my local tack store and they do have a bit of a borers, not just weighted ones.
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