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    06-10-2010, 09:50 AM
Rubber covered reins?

I stumbled across these and was wondering if anyone here as personal experience with using them. Are they comfortable? Durable? And does the rubber...melt? I used to despise the rubber rainbow reins I used in lessons as a child because they had melted in the heat of the tack room and became sticky. Given, the barn I am at now has AC in their tack room, but still I'd rather be on the safe side.

I just want them for schooling...colorful tack attracts me for some reason.
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    06-10-2010, 11:39 AM
Green Broke
I don't like rubber reins because they slip through my fingers easily. It's just not what I perfer to ride with. It's all aobut personal preferance really
    06-10-2010, 11:44 AM
Really? You'd think rubber would give you more grip, haha! My pony is very light on the bit and only gets to pulling when he is trying to let me know he's feeling tired, so I doubt slippage would be a huge problem for me.
    06-10-2010, 11:57 AM
Green Broke
Yeah, they just slid through my fingers. It MIGHT be because I'm used to being able to have my fingers in the braids of my braided reins, but who knows? I'd say try them, They arn't that expensive and it's always good to have extra tack!
    06-10-2010, 12:06 PM
I wouldn't buy any rein for that price; can't be good quality or particularly safe. The melting in the heat thing is directly related to quality and price.

There are some wonderful no-slip grippy reins out there; the technology has advanced from the plain pebbled rubber reins.

I like the web/rubber combo:

Dover England Web/Rubber Reins - Dover Saddlery.

And the rubber on the inside only version for a tradtional look:

Dover England Rubber-Lined Reins - Dover Saddlery.
    06-10-2010, 01:02 PM
Kincade generally is a junk. And I agree especially for that price. I actually got Suffolk Web/Rubber Dressage Reins - Dover Saddlery. last year, and been using them a lot. Yeah, I know they are cheap and in fact made in India, but they work for schooling for me and match my bridle in color. They also give me a good grip. Overall, I can't complain! :)
    06-10-2010, 02:21 PM
I think my stirrup leathers are Kincade, and I've actually been quite happy with them, so I assumed the rest of their products were of similar quality.

That being said, my primary interest was for the bright colors, not the grip.
    06-10-2010, 02:29 PM
Originally Posted by DressageIsToDance    
That being said, my primary interest was for the bright colors, not the grip.
Then you can't go wrong with those Rainbow Training Rubber Reins - Dover Saddlery.
    06-10-2010, 02:38 PM
Green Broke
I've had a few pairs of the Kincade rubber reins and they do melt. Usually they last about a year, sometimes two but they always melt and the leather cracks and never really absorbs oil. Plus, they're stiff and all around cheap quality. They're inexpensive enough and come in cool colors so I've bought a few pairs and just had the expectation that they're only going to be around a year or so. If you're looking for something that's actually going to last and feel good on your hands I would invest in a nicer pair. I have a pair that cost me about $100 that are absolutely incredible. Very grippy and makes even the softest pair of leather reins I have feel like cardboard in comparision! Unfortunately you get VERY spoiled by these and I hated having to switch for every horse show so I actually quit using them. :) but they were heaven......
    06-11-2010, 12:06 AM
Multi-color reins! LOL! Love that.

I wish I could find colored web reins rather than rubber of the same colors. Upnover - Thank you for the info. I might still try them. Knowing that they melt though, I may not. It's just a huge pet peeve of mine, getting sticky rein-goop all over my fingers. I despised it as a child, and can't imagine I will tolerate it any more now.

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