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    07-10-2010, 12:08 AM
Rein chains

What are these used for and why? Are they similiar in purpose as slober straps, quicker release?

I'm moving up to a curb and not sure if I should use these or just use leather reins.

I ride quite a bit in the mtns and ranch sort if that matters.

Thank you Shadow
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    07-10-2010, 12:12 AM
Green Broke
I think they just give your reins a little more weight and help keep your leather reins from getting wet if your horse drinks frequently out on the trail.

But most folks don't seem to use them anymore. I have never tried them myself, but I like how they look. I did have a friend who tried them, but she didn't like all the "sway" they created as the horse walked.

If they have any other purpose, I haven't heard about it. I think it basically keeps your leather out of the water.
    07-10-2010, 12:26 AM
Yep, help to protect the leather and also, they are often used in conjunction with a spade bit because they give much more warning that the slack is coming out of the reins so that the horse can react before the bit is actually moved by the reins. I personally don't much care for them because I ride on really loose reins and they do sway quite a bit at the walk and lope. Leather reins are cheaper, easier to find, easier to use, and easier to fix if they do break.
    07-10-2010, 12:47 AM
I've read 5/8" wide and heavy leather. Would that be right?

Thank you Shadow
    07-11-2010, 07:52 PM
I use 3/4 inch harness leather and get along well.

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