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post #21 of 40 Old 05-11-2014, 11:13 AM
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Slightly off topic, but...

How are English reins measured? I looked last night and standard lengths were in the 54-60 inch range. Please tell me that is from bit to the buckle used to join them...I have this vision of English riders with arms 4 feet long!

If it is bit to buckle, then I could get some extra long 60" ones and have a leather replacement for my 10' yacht reins.

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post #22 of 40 Old 05-11-2014, 12:30 PM
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Slightly off topic, but...

How are English reins measured? I looked last night and standard lengths were in the 54-60 inch range. Please tell me that is from bit to the buckle used to join them...I have this vision of English riders with arms 4 feet long!

If it is bit to buckle, then I could get some extra long 60" ones and have a leather replacement for my 10' yacht reins.
The English training reins we have are almost exactly 9ft end to end, then about 9.5ft end to end with scissor snaps. They have the buckle in the middle to adjust them (is that the norm for English reins? I haven't the slightest)
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post #23 of 40 Old 05-11-2014, 01:53 PM
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Like others have said this is something that just depends on the person. They each have their own advantages. I personally like split reins. I like how they're long, I use the 8ft ones, but you can also shorten them if need be. I use them for pretty much everything. The only time I use continuous reins is when I do gymkhana. One thing you need to be careful of if you do decide to use continuous reins is that they're long enough. If they're too short you will be needing to lean forward to use them and you don't want to get into the habit of that.

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Bsms, my English reins are at least 9 feet long.
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post #25 of 40 Old 05-11-2014, 04:22 PM
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It sound then like a set of English reins would give me a continuous rein 9-10 feet long, but in leather. The 7' roper reins just don't do it for me, but I'd like to try leather. Sorry for going off topic, but it has helped me.

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post #26 of 40 Old 05-11-2014, 04:39 PM
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I ride in both and it just depends on what I'm doing. I like the split reins and mecate for the trail. My barrel reins for arena work.
I have come off on my horse with both and it is far easier to hold onto a split rein and mecate (I have the lead in my pocket) versus a continuous rein. When I hit the ground the horse was able to pull out of my hand with the barrel rein, but not with the split reins. Also, if you get in a hairy spot and need to lead your horse over something, longer reins are preferable.
Plus there is the advantage to using the split reins as an over under.
However for a newbie, the continuous rein might be easier. There is a lot of length with the split reins and a mecate. Someone new to riding might find that excess rein a little difficult to coordinate.

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post #27 of 40 Old 05-11-2014, 07:48 PM
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I can see how the single/roping reins would be good for a beginner, but I can't stand them. Not only are they far too short, but they are just unhandy, IMHO. Of course it doesn't help that I ride a monster of a horse (the 10 ft yacht rope reins with 6 inch slobber straps...so 11 ft is still too short).

Anyway, I like split reins because they make it much easier to get off and lead your horse, or tie your horse, or do groundwork with your horse. You don't have to untie one side or flip them off over their head. Snaps make that easier but I can't stand snaps on my reins either LOL.

Also, if something happens where your horse ends up loose in their bridle with the reins dragging, they can get a leg hung in roping reins and end up in a wreck and possibly damage their mouth because there is no escape from the pressure. Split reins, if they are dragging and a horse steps on one, a decently trained horse will stop and back up and step off the rein without breaking it or tearing up their mouth.

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I have both, but don't use the single ones anymore. I guess really long ones would work better, but when in tricky footing, I like to let Dixie drop her head and my roper reins meant I had to lean way forward to allow that. Now I do have my split rope style reins put together with one of those "string covered" hair bands - human ones. That prevents a complete drop plus is quickly and easily slid up and down the reins to make slack greater or less if I want a "tighter or looser" hold.
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post #29 of 40 Old 05-11-2014, 09:01 PM
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I trail ride and use the continuous reins. I love them. In the days when I was in the show world I used split reins but find the continuous rein to be better in the trail world for me. It will come down to what you like in the end
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post #30 of 40 Old 05-11-2014, 10:26 PM
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Now I do have my split rope style reins put together with one of those "string covered" hair bands - human ones. That prevents a complete drop plus is quickly and easily slid up and down the reins to make slack greater or less if I want a "tighter or looser" hold.
This is a great idea!! I always see folks with knots tied in their split reins and it makes my OCD start tweaking LOL. After you've put a knot in them, they will never lay right again. Using a hair band or some other type of "tie" to keep them together and it's the best of both worlds, you have the ease of use/access of the split reins, but the safety of the solid rein....and you don't look like a greenhorn by having a knot in the middle of your reins.

Granted, it does take a long time to learn to be efficient riding in split reins. When I was a little kid, I always used roping reins until my Dad deemed that I was ready to move up to split ones. I cannot count how many times I lost one or both by dropping them in the next few months until I learned how to handle them decently. It was several years before I learned to handle them well, but it's been many years since I've dropped one on accident. I've had them yanked out of my hands several times, but that would have happened regardless of the style I was using.
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