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.