What's the difference between these reins? The reason I ask is because a friend of ours was riding her horse with some reins that attached to the girth buckle (western) then ran through the bit (ring at the end of the shank) and around the neck. I was just wondering what kind of reins they were. I wasn't really impressed by the way she was using them but what do I know. It looked a bit harsh to me as the horse had his nose towards his chest and it looked terribly uncomfortable, but I'm pretty ignorant and not familiar with this set up - just observing.
Anyway, just curious.