11-28-2008, 11:09 AM
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Split reins are the traditional type used for normal or show riding although certain disciplines use a single rein. Barrel racing, roping, pole bending, etc would use the single rein.
I don't attach my splits but many come with a keeper that you can slide on to join them.
Don't worry about what is traditional unless you are showing. Ride with what makes you comfortable - anything that works.