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post #1 of 13 Old 08-22-2011, 07:34 AM Thread Starter
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Split Reins or the other kind

not sure what the other reins are called but I know the split ones cause that's what I have. My dad got a saddle and bridle from some people he works with that used to have horses. I have noticed for me I have to tie the reins to the horn to keep the horse from stepping on them so I was wondering if its best to probably just get the non split one and if there are any advantages or disadvantages to either?

Is it mainly just personal preference?
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post #2 of 13 Old 08-22-2011, 07:54 AM
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You don't have to, but it would be easy to just get the other ones.
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"The other kind" are called roper/roping reins, sometimes just loop or closed reins, depending. They are really designed for fast-paced western events (roping, barrel racing, etc.), and are not legal in the show ring unless you are riding in one of those events. If you're planning on showing WP, reining, cutting, etc., you'll need to get used to the split reins. If you're trail riding or generally pleasure riding, use the style of reins that is most comfortable to you. Other rein setup options are romal and mecate reins.

If your split reins can't drape over either side of the horse's neck and be out of the way without knotting them, they are probably the wrong length for your horse. Try longer reins if they are just too short to drape, shorter if they drape so far that the horse steps on them anyway.

Ultimately, it's a matter of personal preference. Some people are die hards for split or for loop, and there are valid safety reasons either way. Drop a rein with splits, and you may have a problem getting it back. However, loop reins offer a hazard if the horse gets loose with them hanging. Choose the rein style that works best for you.
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The only horse that I felt comfortable riding with closed reins is or TWH because she has a short neck. Otherwise I like using longer split reins. I've never really had a problem with a horse stepping on them while riding. I do tie them together mainly because I am working on training them and want my concentration on them, not whether I am going to lose a rein. When out trailriding, I leave them tied because that's what I'm used to. I like the extra length in the reins so I can give them a smack if I need to instead of carrying a crop, another thing to get in the way or hold onto.

I think it's personal preference if you're pleasure riding and would be different for shows.

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The only horse that I felt comfortable riding with closed reins is or TWH because she has a short neck. Otherwise I like using longer split reins. I've never really had a problem with a horse stepping on them while riding. I do tie them together mainly because I am working on training them and want my concentration on them, not whether I am going to lose a rein. When out trailriding, I leave them tied because that's what I'm used to. I like the extra length in the reins so I can give them a smack if I need to instead of carrying a crop, another thing to get in the way or hold onto.

I think it's personal preference if you're pleasure riding and would be different for shows.
to scoutrider, the reins I have are pretty long and I can take each and put over either side of the neck and up over the horn and it will hang down maybe a foot or so still. When you say drape over either side of the horses neck, is that what you mean? Yeah it seems as if might be safer overall with split ones
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It's definitely personal preference. I ride with split reins 99% of the time, most of my riding time is on youngsters and I need the independence of splits for training purposes. I put a rubber band on my splits for my daughter or lesson students instead of knotting them, if they do get dropped they will break & the horse won't have the chance to get a leg in them and it also keeps my reins hanging nicer than if they get knotted.

The only time I use anything else is on a contester, riding english, or showing a WP youngster with a bosal & mecate.

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to scoutrider, the reins I have are pretty long and I can take each and put over either side of the neck and up over the horn and it will hang down maybe a foot or so still. When you say drape over either side of the horses neck, is that what you mean? Yeah it seems as if might be safer overall with split ones
I think what scoutrider means is that the right rein would hang down the left side after your hand and the left rein down the right side.

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I think what scoutrider means is that the right rein would hang down the left side after your hand and the left rein down the right side.
yes mine drapes if that's what he meant. But though I'm talking about if my horse is say eating grass and I want to put the reins up on the horn to keep him from stepping on them, I will have to tie them over the horn. Or where else can I put them so he doesn't step on them? If I had the riens with the snap hooks on them I could just take them loose at the hook/bridle

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I'm used to split, so that's what I buy for anything outside the show ring. I have hunter reins that buckle together for showing.
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I show often, so split reins is what I use.
If I don't feel like dealing with them at home, then I'll just go english.

For warming up, I always cross them over the neck and ride two handed to get them working through the bit and such. I prefer a heavier rein, since it will rest on the neck better, so they don't slide off.



You can pretty much see how I have them. I believe my split reins are Weaver. If you are sure the length and weight is correct for what your comfortable with, and still don't like them, then the looped reins will probably be best for you.

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