Originally Posted by SorrelHorse
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!