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post #1 of 11 Old 01-16-2011, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Rubber Rein Quality

Today while riding, my rubber reins broke. They had come with a bridle I bought recently, so they were brand new. They broke where the leather connects to the rubber near the bit. It looks like the leather piece slid right out of the rubber.

The break happened at the worst possible time. My mare had a crazy moment, and took off bucking and racing around like a crazy horse. I lost my stirrups at the same time. I ended up falling off, luckily I don't seem to be seriously hurt, but my leg is swollen and bruised. It's mainly my pride though.

I'm curious if anyone else had had issues with rubber reins before. I'm not planning on using them again, but I'm curious if this is a common occurrence. If anyone has any other reins that have broken before, I'd be interested in knowing about them too! I don't want this to happen again!

And just for giggles, here a picture of two strides into the freak out, before my husband shut off the camera. I had already lost my stirrups, and the reins had already broken, so I only had one side.
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post #2 of 11 Old 01-16-2011, 08:54 PM
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What brand are they? Was the leather oiled regularly? It's usually a quality issue, I've never had good-quality reins break, and I really like my new rubber reins (with a Wylde Jumper Bridle from Dover saddlery). I've had cheap reins break though, they weren't rubber but they were cheap and not oiled regualrly.
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post #3 of 11 Old 01-16-2011, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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As I said in the op, they were brand new. I had oiled them before I used them.

This is the bridle they came with.
Joseph Sterling® Comfort Plus Hunt Bridle with Figure 8 in Snaffle at Schneider Saddlery
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post #4 of 11 Old 01-16-2011, 09:11 PM
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I saw a video where the reins broke during a Grand Prix show jumping competition. Sometimes its just something random. (For the record, this person got away without falling off. They somehow managed to grab onto the bit on the side the reins broke, and controlled the horse that way.)

Personally, I just stay away from rubber reins all together. I hate them.

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post #5 of 11 Old 01-16-2011, 09:23 PM
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Personally I don't like rubber reins, but I've used them on lesson horses, and my neighbor uses them for 20 years or so. I've never have/heard any problems with them. I'd think your pair was defective (but I may be wrong).

I'm glad you were not hurt badly though! I had the leather reins broke once when my horse spooked and bucked/bolted, and I landed on my head/shoulder right on rocks.... Helmet went to trash after that....
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post #6 of 11 Old 01-17-2011, 01:03 AM
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If you haven't had them long, I wonder if you can get an exchange or credit or something? They shouldn't just fall apart if they are new.
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post #7 of 11 Old 01-17-2011, 11:05 AM
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I've used all sorts of rubber reins, expensive and cheap and I've never had one break on me. I'm thinking that there was something defective with them.

Glad you were ok!
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post #8 of 11 Old 01-17-2011, 11:10 AM
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Gosh, are you OK? Sounds like the stitching was at fault rather than the rubber or leather attachment?

I have been in a similar situation and I consider falls like that as a fault of the tack and not your riding

I would be asking for a refund, most places will guarantee the workmanship for a period of time so it might be worthwhile looking in to that?

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post #9 of 11 Old 01-18-2011, 08:54 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, I'm doing okay. Still have my bruise, but doesn't hurt so bad now.

Thanks Sarahvr, that makes me feel a little better :) I kind of froze up with only one rein and no stirrups. Looking back now I was like "WHY DIDNT I DO X", but hindsight is always 20/20.

I suppose this is just a fluke occurrence, which makes me feel better. I won't seek out rubber reins to buy, but I won't refuse to ride a horse with rubber reins.

I think I will contact the company and ask about it. The only thing that makes me hesitant is that I bought the bridle thinking it didn't come with reins, so the reins ended up being a bonus. I'm not really a fan of rubber reins as they feel too thick to me, but I decided to use them because they matched the bridle. I'll see what the company says about it.
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post #10 of 11 Old 01-18-2011, 11:24 AM
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Teach your horse to better give to the bit by bending her head around toward your stirrup. Do this numerous times on the ground first. This helps get a feisty horse under control. By bringing the head around it forcesthe hindquarters to move laterally. It's like kicking a leg out from under a table. It loses it's strength.
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