It occurred to me as I was shopping online for a set of reins for my new bridle, that I have a myriad of choices, apparently! I've always ridden with looped leather reins, either flat or laced, sewn or buckled. I've ridden English and Western but I've never given this much thought. I'm also familiar with leather or biothane split western reins, and I've seen Clinton Anderson's mecate reins with the spanker at the end.
Can anyone talk about other kinds of reins? What are they for, and how are they different in construction, purpose and/or use than the kind of reins I've been using. For example, what are "roper" reins? And why do some reins have a buckle on one side of the bit and a snap-type clip on the other side of the bit? I'd love to see information about what all is out there and what it's used for.
I appreciate any insight you're willing to share!