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post #11 of 16 Old 12-06-2013, 08:32 PM
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I agree Shutz Bros. is good, also look at Cactus Saddlery. I think those are the last set that I bought and they are pretty decent for the price.

But in all honesty you will spend $50+ for a good(new) set of harness leather slit reins with the thicker weighted ends for balance. I think someone had mentioned you can find some used sets on Ebay for cheaper.

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post #12 of 16 Old 12-06-2013, 08:41 PM
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I like any leather split reins that are 8' and HEAVY. No particular brand seems to be better than the next to me, I have a pair of Teskey ones and a Weaver pair.

A few good soakings of neatsfoot oil can make nearly any leather soft - even a cheapo dried out English bridle!

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post #13 of 16 Old 12-06-2013, 10:07 PM
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Stay away from latigo leather reins even though their cheaper. Harness leather is the only way to go.

Myself, I prefer a 3/4 inch width because they seem to have more feel and better weight to communicate your cues.

I buy these and can't complain about a single thing.
Waterloop Split Rein 3/4" x 8'

Pull them out of the box, oil the heck out of them, and they are so supple and awesome...and last forever if you take care of them.
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post #14 of 16 Old 12-07-2013, 04:36 AM
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You might want weighted ones.

There is this saddlery I've seen and they have the nicest reins. You can choose your length and type of attachment. They shave down the leather where you hold them so they are a nice thickness, but then the reins get thicker towards the bit and the ends so they are weighted and don't flap around.

I think there is a big difference in the quality of reins. Just holding them in your hand you can feel the difference between a $20 pair and a $100 pair. Up to you though!

Reins aren't anything "high tech". I'd think the best thing to do was to visit your local saddler and buy a pair of reins made there. There usually isn't a huge price difference, and a range of choices.
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post #15 of 16 Old 12-09-2013, 03:11 AM
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My most favorite set of leather split reins are made of latigo. Each rein is 8 feet long, 3/4 inches wide, heavy but not to heavy, soft, pliable and I just love them. They are a no name brand purchased off a overstock tack auction I went to for 18 dollars several years ago. I keep them oiled and they far....stayed soft and are still in great shape. I have even used them as lead ropes (I have swivel snaps on the ends of them) on trail rides. (snapped to the halter) I think I lucked out on them

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post #16 of 16 Old 12-09-2013, 10:14 AM
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Originally Posted by franknbeans View Post
1/2" Harness Leather Waterloop Reins By Schutz BrothersSchutz all the way. I buy them, then soak them in olive oil for a day or two. They are buttery soft and lovely. Cannot say enough good about them. I sold my Stacy Westfall stuff as it could not compare.
^^This. I love harness leather headstalls and reins. It so soft yet strong!

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