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post #1 of 19 Old 01-07-2013, 01:55 AM Thread Starter
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Leather reins or nylon reins?

Likes of leather reins:
1. Way heasvier so way more responsive
2. Go with what ever outfit
3. Do not break as easily
Dislikes of leather reins
1. Are always so thick which make it hard for people with tiny hands to hold
2. Get sweaty easily
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post #2 of 19 Old 01-07-2013, 01:59 AM
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I think nylon is a lot tougher than leather when it comes to breaking.

~Started young horses in Bosca te Ador, unto the two rein the old Spanish spade, brought them along with two hands that were gentle. Some fine reining horses as ever were made~
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post #3 of 19 Old 01-07-2013, 02:03 AM
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Yes, leather will break a hundred times faster than nylon will.

You can get thin leather reins, but you won't have any sort of feel with them when you pick up. Heavy and thick reins are highly desired. For reining, I refuse to show in anything not heavy and not thick and weighted. Mare can't feel it otherwise.

For barrel reins it depends. i don't really care. I like the knotted reins a lot so essentially as long as there is knots or the leather is grippy.
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #4 of 19 Old 01-07-2013, 02:06 AM
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I like both personally. I own a pair of light blue and black knotted nylon barrel reins but often use my trainers thinner rolled leather barrel reins.

I have to agree with the nylon being stronger though.

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post #5 of 19 Old 01-07-2013, 02:08 AM
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In my day of training barrel horses, I didn't care for riding in leather reins. The always felt bulking and stiff to be, when I'm running I want to grab a handful of rein and run, not mess with sliding my hands around on still leather that wouldn't fold. But I guess everyone to their own lol. Now all I ride with is rawhide or horsehair. I actually hate leather reins no matter what western discipline.

~Started young horses in Bosca te Ador, unto the two rein the old Spanish spade, brought them along with two hands that were gentle. Some fine reining horses as ever were made~
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Yes, leather will break a hundred times faster than nylon will.

You can get thin leather reins, but you won't have any sort of feel with them when you pick up. Heavy and thick reins are highly desired. For reining, I refuse to show in anything not heavy and not thick and weighted. Mare can't feel it otherwise.

For barrel reins it depends. i don't really care. I like the knotted reins a lot so essentially as long as there is knots or the leather is grippy.
Yup, I use double stitched leather slit reins and they're weighted at the ends too...when I bridge them, they are bridged! Not flopping down and looping over the horn.....that bugs me!
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I dont know i had on pair of nylon reins and i ran in to run poles one day on my old horse went to check him to turn and the rein snapped! I was running around on a sycho pole horse trying to get him to stop with the reins dragging
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post #8 of 19 Old 01-07-2013, 02:22 AM
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I've never used nylon reins. I like longer split reins so I can pop the horses butt if its not responding to cues. I don't think nylon would have enough weight to do anything.
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post #9 of 19 Old 01-07-2013, 02:26 AM Thread Starter
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All my leather reins are custom made so they are tinyier at the end i hold them and have a knot on one side and a knot on the other so i still have grip when i am barrel raceing
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post #10 of 19 Old 01-07-2013, 02:26 AM
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Trust us, leather is going to break easier. That is why all breakaway halters have leather, that is why a lot of people don't use leather latigos, and that is also why some peoples bridles can snap in half if they are poorly made. Ask anyone out there.
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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