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        09-27-2013, 11:49 PM
      #41
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    I only attach reins directly to the bit rings with no metal snaps. It is my understanding the metal snaps connected to the bit rings can be irritating to the horse's mouth. Sort of stands to reason...metal on metal.
    I know many people use them but if it at all is a discomfort to the horse I will avoid using them. I need every advantage I can get!
         
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        09-28-2013, 12:00 AM
      #42
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Dustbunny    
    I only attach reins directly to the bit rings with no metal snaps. It is my understanding the metal snaps connected to the bit rings can be irritating to the horse's mouth. Sort of stands to reason...metal on metal...
    Now that's curious. Is it because it makes noise? Causes vibrations?
         
        09-28-2013, 12:06 AM
      #43
    Trained
    I've never ridden a horse with anything BUT metal clips on the bit. If it ever irritated them, they seem to have gotten over it.
         
        09-28-2013, 06:56 AM
      #44
    Foal
    Disadvantages:
    One of my friends always drops a rein on almost all the trails we go on.

    Advantages:
    If your horse spooks and you fall off, the reins fall too and you can easily grab your horse, where with tied reins, they might stay on the horse's neck, and they'll be together so you won't be able to grab one rein, you'll have to grab both and that would be more difficult.
    I always feel more balanced holding two reins with two hands, than I do neck reining. And honestly I don't really know what to do with that other arm when I'm neck reining!
         
        09-28-2013, 08:54 AM
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    Originally Posted by EquiiAlex    
    Disadvantages:
    One of my friends always drops a rein on almost all the trails
    Hmm...I think maybe your friend just needs special reins. Not sure how someone drops a rein that often. :) Besides, that's one of those reasons it's useful to cross the rewinds over the neck rather than having one or both on the same side of the neck as they're attached.
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        09-28-2013, 11:15 AM
      #46
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    Originally Posted by Chevaux    
    Now that's curious. Is it because it makes noise? Causes vibrations?
    Vibration. Some very experienced horse friends clued me in to this some time back. Made sense...rattle and clunking. I have seen similar info on the forum, somewhere. I'm not saying the clips should not be used. They are certainly handy.
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        09-28-2013, 11:24 AM
      #47
    Trained
    It sounds reasonable, but I'm not sure it happens in any significant amount. The clips on my reins are only slightly bigger than what they clip to, and I think there is enough weight on the reins to keep them from bouncing around freely on the bit. I guess it would take a slow motion video focused on the bit to find out the real answer.
         
        09-28-2013, 11:33 AM
      #48
    Green Broke
    I mostly use an English hackamore (short shanked mechanical one) so I think I will continue with my snaps (like your style bsms). In fact, that is the only way I can attach my synthetic reins. I'll have to spend some time thinking about using or not using them with the bits.
         
        09-29-2013, 06:52 PM
      #49
    Weanling
    I also love my split reins. They are leather as well, but they are a really nice American handmade braided leather. Super soft latigo leather, if I remember. A guy in MO (now KY) made them and a matching bridle for me. I love them. They are about chapstick thick, which is perfect for my ever-busy hands to cope with, to stop me from constantly messing with my reins. I can't use flat split reins very well, as I tend to fiddle with the flatness, and lose them in my hands. They have nice knots at the bottoms, to give them just the amount of weight needed for comfort and feel for my mare and me. They also have the little braid pieces that make great poppers for her as well! My husband has a pair as well and loves them. They have the smaller sized scissor snaps, and our horses don't seem to be bothered at all by them. I love that the leather is strong enough to use as a true lead rope to tie on the trail.
         
        09-30-2013, 12:58 AM
      #50
    Showing
    For an average rider, the difference between having the snaps and not having the snaps is negligible. Most folks wouldn't notice the difference.

    Just for the sake of sharing information though. Yes, the snaps make subtle communication more difficult because the horse learns to ignore the more minor shifting of the weight in the reins. With snaps, the reins are always moving and clicking and swinging; MUCH more freely than they do with just the water ties connecting them. The horse learns to tune out that smaller vibration and movement and that means you have to be more obvious and bigger with your cues.
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