Originally Posted by Wallaby
I love Sunset Halters! They're the best. I won purple 11ft roping reins from them in one of their monthly contests and Lacey's green rope halter is from them. They're so so so great and their customer service really couldn't be better, at all.
That made me super excited.
I'm not super familiar with mecate reins so I can't be of help at all that way but is there a reason you're getting that kind of rein vs long roping reins
(I assume you're looking for them to be connected...), for instance?
On the roping rein side of things, these are the ones I won and they're fantastic. I use them nearly all the time. 1/2" Yacht Braid Roping Reins by Sunset Halters
They're just heavy enough that neck reining with really long dangly reins is super easy (I like to have really long reins when I use a curb bit and neck rein, I kinda feel like there's more subtle communication that way lol) but they also aren't hard to direct rein in. And they're pretty soft while feeling high quality. :)
Thanks franknbeans and Wallaby! And I'm glad you like them!
Yes I feel that they would work better for Sky (who has never had a headstall/ridden completely western in his life) because mecate you can use as a leadrope, as a lungeline, to tie up, as reins, etc. And since he's pretty new at this and still green I want to have the ability to do all of those things with him in a safe manner. If I went with roping reins, then tying on trails would involve him wearing his halter and me bringing a leadrope and then me tying up his leather reins. If he needed to be lunged for some reason then the rider can hop off and lunge him without lugging something around.
It's mainly for the versatility, plus I read that slobber straps weigh the reins (mecate) down so it gives them a different feel than if they were just connected.
But I'm new to this, so this is just what I've read not experienced.
Colour of them is merely for fun but the lady would rather have material reins than leather and I can always get a different pair later :)
What do you think?
I'll definitely keep the roping reins and Parelli ones in mind.