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        12-14-2013, 06:01 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Split Reins for My Arabian

    I'm thinking about getting split reins for my Arabian because the short little English reins I've used for the past 3 years have been starting to annoy me. XD When she puts her head down to "make sure" a water puddle isn't scary, or when she coughs, I have to lean forward so I'm not pulling on her mouth. Plus I love the ease of split reins. I always used them when I rode before I got my horse.

    So, I was just wondering, what size should I get? She's 15 hands high. I think I've heard someone say 8' should be pretty good? But I'm not sure. :P

    For another thing, it doesn't matter, but about how much money should they be? I know they vary in cost from one set to another, but approximately how much should leather split reins be?

    Thanks for any advice! :)
         
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        12-14-2013, 06:23 PM
      #2
    Yearling
    I don't know about sizing and what not but I do know that if your not concerned about looks you can always tie the ends off or cut them. I think mine cost $15 or $20, pretty cheap but they've held up for about 14 or 15 years now and are still going strong. :)
         
        12-14-2013, 07:18 PM
      #3
    Foal
    Okay, thank you! :)
         
        12-14-2013, 07:29 PM
      #4
    Foal
    We sale a lot of split reins and almost everyone gets between 7' and 8' in length.
         
        12-14-2013, 07:54 PM
      #5
    Showing
    The only time I've ever used shorter than 8' was on a 13.1 hand pony I broke a couple years ago...and even then, only when he was in the snaffle. When I put him up in the curb, I was using 8 footers on him.

    For regular sized horses, I won't use any shorter than 8'. I've got a horse now that I'm going to have to have a pair special made because 8 footers are too short.
         
        12-14-2013, 08:10 PM
      #6
    Foal
    For awhile I used the TUCKER split reins. Leather. But I found them to be way to heavy for my tastes.

    Tucker Saddles - Reins

    I've since changed over to all biothane. I like the continual rein with no buckle in the center. Black color of course.

    Best Discount Price on Beta Reins

    I really like this biothane better than leather
         
        12-14-2013, 08:19 PM
      #7
    Showing
    Oh, stay away from latigo leather even though they are cheaper. It tends to stretch and get mis-shapen and doesn't last as long. Harness leather is the only way to go. These are the only kind I buy. They are more affordable than other brands, they have enough weight to have good feel but they aren't so heavy that they're uncomfortable.

    Waterloop Split Rein 3/4" x 8'
         
        12-14-2013, 08:58 PM
      #8
    Foal
    Wow, thanks guys! All of your advice is really helpful. I'll be sure to take everything you all said into consideration. :) Thanks again!
         
        12-17-2013, 07:10 PM
      #9
    Foal
    Hi, I had a somewhat similar thread a week or two ago and got lots of helpful responses! It's not exactly the same as what you're asking but you might find the info other users shared with me to be useful to you. Here's a link to it (hope it works!)

    Your Favorite Leather Split Rein

    Good luck finding something that works for you. :)
         
        12-18-2013, 11:50 AM
      #10
    Foal
    Thank you! Yes, that is very helpful. I think I'll be getting them for my birthday (but of course I'll be the one picking them out...I'm picky when it comes to tack! Lol) so I'll be going to the tack shop soon to look at some brands (I know they have some of the ones mentioned in your post, so I'll definitely be checking those out!). :)
         

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