Side reins with, or without D's, what is your pref??

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    06-25-2010, 11:26 PM
Green Broke
Cool Side reins with, or without D's, what is your pref??

I am shopping for surcingle and side reins and I am seeing a LOT of sets of side reins with D's. I must be really "old school" because I don't remember side reins coming with D's before and just can't figure out why you would need them. So anyway, my questions are....

1) what type of side reins do you prefer? Elastic, donut, leather, d's, no d's etc??? And why.

2) if you have D's what do you use them for, and how do you use your own personal experience.

3) Do you have a preference in type of surcingle and why? What have you had issues with, what have you loved?
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    06-26-2010, 12:37 AM
Green Broke
I have leather side reins with donuts and no D's (mine have buckles).

I didn't see any with D's when I bought mine, local tack shop had one variety in all leather with donuts and that was with buckles, so that's what I bought. I do like that the holes for the buckle are numbered, my sister-in-law works with my horse as well as myself and she'll often tell me what "number" my horse is working with currently, so I know what she's done.

My surcingle isn't anything fancy, just got one that was well-made, padded, had plenty of rings attached and looked like it would be easy enough to clean.
    06-27-2010, 11:39 AM
Green Broke
Bump...any other opinions?
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    06-27-2010, 12:15 PM
I like elastic over donut; when you really look at a horse wearing donut side reins, you can see that the donut bounces quite a bit, sometimes that bouncing can get quite forceful. With elastic side reins, you don't have a heavy object to set in motion.
As far as surcingles go, I like ones that are flat, and don't have that builtup leather part. More dees are better, in my opinion. If you can find one with two tall dees on top, that makes life easier for ground-driving.
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    06-27-2010, 01:12 PM
Green Broke
Thanks. Does anyone have experience with the side reins with D's? That's what is really stumping me. What do you use the D's for? Do they get caught up on stuff?
    06-27-2010, 01:32 PM
Do you mean dees for adjustment rather than a buckle? Haven't had a problem with those, and they're so much easier to adjust than the buckle kind. Since you're working with the horse and keeping an eye on him when he has them on, they're pretty safe.

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