Originally Posted by Dixiesmom
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.