Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Queensland, Australia
I use split reins. I used to use single reins but now I like split better.
I don't tie them either, I just cross them over (hard to explain, I'll see if I can get a pic)
Once you get used to split reins you don't really drop them (i used to all the time!)
Another advantage besides using the end as a crop is that if you fall off and the horse bolts the reins go over its head and then it can't put it's foot through the reins (like in single) and hurt itself trying to run.
Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and, once it has done so, he will have to accept that his life will be radically changed.