Okay so first off I love the feel of nice rubber reins. Feels so nice in the hands. I was at a tack shop and found the nice ones that are bendy, strong, and soft so I flipped the tag over. 150 ... er no way! I see a lot of the cheap rubber reins where the rubber doesn't go down very far so when you're galloping, in two point, and approaching a fence you're pretty much right at the leather part in your hand/rein position. The cheap ones are also pretty stiff and course to feel.
So any good online stores to buy the soft, supple, rubber coated reins where the rubber goes most of the way down and will be in good condition for years?
Have you tried those interchangeable gullet systems for saddles? Do you find they really do provide a good fit for a rang of horses?
And question number three. At the same tack store I sat my butt in my first ever dressage saddle. One word to describe it heaven! It was so comfy and secure I must have one. What are some good brands to buy from that cost at most 700?