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AKPaintLover 01-28-2008 09:40 PM

I am looking to get a nice set of show reins for my birthday from hubby, but that means I have to actually find them, and have it all set up for him to order.

I have a cheapy set of Ferrull tack: breast plate, headstall, reins - I think like $70 for everything - really crummy leather/silver. I want a really good quality set of everything, but cannot get it all at once (knowing what the nice stuff costs), so figure, I will replace 1 peice at a time...starting with reins....

I really like the silver ferrull, but am not dead set on them. I would like something with a little weight, so that it will droop nicely. I looked at ebay, and nothing really turned up except Billy Royal stuff, which I like, but is honestly a bit more than I want to spend.

Are Romel or split reins okay? Is the difference preference, or functional?

If anyone can steer me toward online vendors, sites, catalogues, or other sources with a nice set of reins, I would appreciate it. Please feel free to share specific sugguestions about what would look best with my horse and saddle, as I am trying to build my long term set of tack :)

Here is the saddle:

Most of you probably know what my boy looks like by now, but in case you don't, here is the horse:

quixotesoxs 01-28-2008 10:23 PM

It might just be the picture, but it looks like the saddle might put your legs out of whack. I recommend Circle Y, it's usually pretty reasonably priced. What type of reins do you ussually use? Split reins are more common, romel reins have to be held differently and they offer different contact. Sometimes you can get stuff on at a decent price, or i shop at sometimes. If you go on google and search circle y saddlery I'm pretty sure their site will come up.

AKPaintLover 01-28-2008 10:56 PM

I already own the saddle. I think it is just the way the saddle is "posed "in the picture because it is a reiner :) It is quite comfy, - you can hold a proper seat/leg position comfortably. Also, it fits my boy well - which had been a challenge for a while. I had it made last fall.

With the saddle being low on silver (intentionally), would it work for me to sport reins/bridle/breastplate with silver?

Thanks for the sites and sources, I will check them out :)

kitten_Val 01-29-2008 07:05 AM

AK, try They have bunch of reins. I personally love VERY soft reins (too sensitive skin), but it really depends on people, of course. :)

I've seen bunch of headstalls and reins in Bryant's tack, when I was shopping for saddle. I ended up with saddle, headstall and reins from them, but those reins and headstall I got were not show one (but quality is excellent, and price was very reasonable). But they had show headstalls to die for, and I'm pretty sure they had show reins as well (I was just too attracted by the headstalls, lol!). If you are interested, their phone ## is (703) 365-8881 so you can just talk directly. I believe they have website, but couldn't find it on google.

Vidaloco 01-29-2008 07:32 AM

I'm not sure how much you are planning on spending but we have ordered from
They do custom work so if there was something special you wanted like to possibly match the tooling on your saddle they can do it. My husband has their mohair breast collar and cincha and loves it. They do beautiful leather work and if you called them I'm sure they would help you out, really nice folks. It may take awhile longer than just ordering stock but well worth it.

tim 01-29-2008 03:14 PM

If you ask me, just get a nice pair of plain light oil reins without all the gaudy decor. People don't really look at your reins unless they are distracting - and you really don't want to distract. If you want to get a nice pair, look for nicer leather. I think a simple pair of reins is the best way to go.

As far as romels, they're generally used on arabs, but I hate them personally.

I like these.

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