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  • Why do working cow horse riders used romel reins
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    04-07-2013, 10:00 PM
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Romel reins

Ok.....I like the idea of romel reins, I like the idea of having my right hand busy holding something. Is it ok to rein in romel reins instead of split? And I am ambidextrous and hold the split reins in either hand.....do you HAVE to hold split reins or romel reins with your left hand? Will you be scored down if you don't?

Ps. Never used romel reins before......but I think I'd like them.
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    04-07-2013, 10:06 PM
  #2
Green Broke
You'll love romel reins, a nice pair feel so nice :)
Yes, they are held in the left hand and the romel end held in the right about 12" -16" from the "knot", traditionally. Not sure about the scoring as I have always held/showed holding reins or romels in the left so I never worried about it.
     
    04-07-2013, 10:08 PM
  #3
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No wonder one boss used to yell at me and call me 'a one armed wallpaper hanger!'
     
    04-07-2013, 10:10 PM
  #4
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Muppetgirl    
No wonder one boss used to yell at me and call me 'a one armed wallpaper hanger!'
Bah hahaha! I will have remember that one!
     
    04-07-2013, 10:13 PM
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Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
Bah hahaha! I will have remember that one!
Yeah it certainly stuck with me!!! He'd be yelling 'are you left handed to right handed!?' while I was tangled up in about thirty foot of driving reins!!
     
    04-07-2013, 10:30 PM
  #6
Green Broke
I had been told one time that you hold your western reins in the hand you don't swing the rope with therefore you could have your reins in either hand depending on which hand you rope with; since most people are right handed the reins are commonly seen in the left one. Thus that theory was transferred to pleasure classes even though you don't often see someone hoofing around the arena with a rope attached to the saddle.

I'm rather partial to romel reins myself. I don't know what it is like in the USA but I've noticed that in Canada romel reins are starting to show up fairly often now in ranch horse competitions, working cow horse events, etc.
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    04-07-2013, 10:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Chevaux    
I had been told one time that you hold your western reins in the hand you don't swing the rope with therefore you could have your reins in either hand depending on which hand you rope with; since most people are right handed the reins are commonly seen in the left one. Thus that theory was transferred to pleasure classes even though you don't often see someone hoofing around the arena with a rope attached to the saddle.

I'm rather partial to romel reins myself. I don't know what it is like in the USA but I've noticed that in Canada romel reins are starting to show up fairly often now in ranch horse competitions, working cow horse events, etc.
Thanks! That makes sense! Being a kiwi and really not growing up,with this stuff, I'm having to learn a whole lot all over again
     
    04-08-2013, 11:22 AM
  #8
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Chevaux    
I had been told one time that you hold your western reins in the hand you don't swing the rope with therefore you could have your reins in either hand depending on which hand you rope with; since most people are right handed the reins are commonly seen in the left one. Thus that theory was transferred to pleasure classes even though you don't often see someone hoofing around the arena with a rope attached to the saddle.

I'm rather partial to romel reins myself. I don't know what it is like in the USA but I've noticed that in Canada romel reins are starting to show up fairly often now in ranch horse competitions, working cow horse events, etc.

Yes, true about the hand that you hold your coils in is your rein hand. I am right handed roper so my reins are held in my left. My husband is left handed but his father made him learn to rope right handed..LOL.

Here is the US romels have always been popular in the working cowhorse but typically they do not use rein chains. I have been told they don't like all the swing in the reins that you can get with rein chains. They buy the longer style that attach directly to the bit. Most of the working cowboys depending on the region, generally California, Nevada, Idaho and Oregon have traditionally used romels and rein chains. That influence seems to be spreading especially north into Montana and into Canada.
     
    04-08-2013, 11:39 AM
  #9
Trained
Hate to be the spoiler, but unless you are direct reining, you look a little novice holding split reins with two hands.
I was always taught to have the reins in my left hand for neck reining, and to move my rein to my other hand for using a whip, and that's usually right rein to left hand. There is also a way to transfer reins from one hand to the other when riding with a full bridle (4 reins, total.)
This all comes from the Cavalry where they had a weapon to use, and most often you used a saber or pistol with your right hand. Their reins were sewn together in the middle, and the Cavalryman would put the left arm through the reins--one set or two sets of reins--and handle the carbine with two hands.
Incidently, the bridle parts and reins were also sewn to the bit(s).
     
    04-08-2013, 11:49 AM
  #10
Green Broke
Corporal, I don't think anyone said anything about riding two handed with split reins, or did I miss something????
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