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post #1 of 18 Old 12-18-2010, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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Favorite reins?

I'm curious as to your favorite reins for schooling and showing, and if you use the same reins for both. I use braided reins right now and haven't tried anything else. Any input?
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post #2 of 18 Old 12-18-2010, 08:17 PM
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I have a collegiate bridle and I just use the regular braided reins that came with it. I can say that I HATE rubber reins though. I just use the same bridle for schooling and shows. I take care of my stuff, so it lasts a very long time. I have one bridle that I have had for 7 years, and someone asked me if it was a new bridle the other week
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post #3 of 18 Old 12-18-2010, 08:35 PM
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When I can be bothered to buy them I use those notched reins with rubber grip in between the notches. I had a pretty strong horse and in the jumping he'd pull like hell.

For shows I use the smooth ones and otherwise I just use what came with the bridle.
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post #4 of 18 Old 12-18-2010, 09:17 PM
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I got a pair of the cheapest reins Dover offers last year for my qh: Dover Saddlery | Suffolk Web/Rubber Dressage Reins . for schooling... This year I got another pair for my paint! I don't know why, but I really like them. I have laced reins, smooth dressage leather rein, and I got Thinline reins to try (return them back after 1st try), and this cheap ones are the most flexible and non-sleep out of everything I tried.

I really hope to get Dover Saddlery | Passier Sure Grip Buckle Closure Reins . one day (if I find nice used ones on sale...)

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post #5 of 18 Old 12-18-2010, 09:22 PM
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I use the same for schooling and competition; red braided rope reins I got from Tractor Supply. I can't STAND rubber reins and am mildly annoyed by leather. The rope ones have a nice... Feel. It's hard to describe, but they just fit more comfortable in my hands.
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post #6 of 18 Old 12-18-2010, 09:25 PM
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I personally dislike braided reins, they always ended up coming apart on me, the braided parts would unravel....but that's probobly because they were cheap? But the reins I absolutely do love, and wont use anything but are these:

They are Rubber Lined Eventing Reins - I have a pair to go with every bridle I have.

I do have other Rubber Reins - Pink, White and Baby Blue. But those are more for fun.

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post #7 of 18 Old 12-18-2010, 09:39 PM
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I school my own horses in plain leather dressage reins, but riding client's horse its whatever they pull out of the tack room!
At competitions, I love my leather nappa reins
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post #8 of 18 Old 12-20-2010, 10:34 PM
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Love my Thinline no slip reins. Just the right amount of elasticity.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #9 of 18 Old 12-20-2010, 11:25 PM
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I use either leather reins (I HATE rubber!) with stops sewn in. Made by Jerry's harness, really good quality, American made, used for 10 years!

OR, when riding western I use very heavy rope reins with a large slobber strap. The reins are wonderful and really transmit the slightest feel right to the bit.
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post #10 of 18 Old 12-21-2010, 02:46 PM
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MIE-what brand and where do you get your eventing reins?
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