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.