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post #1 of 4 Old 05-13-2010, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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Leather for safety?

When synthetic tack first started coming out, one of my instructors told us she would never use synthetic reins. Her reason was that leather will snap in an emergency, synthetic materials won't. It is better for the reins to break than entangle the horse.

Technically she's right but this doesn't seem to be something people worry about. Opinions?
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-13-2010, 06:01 PM
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If the reins have scissor snaps or other type of hardwear that attaches to the bit or buckles in the middle, then the hardwear will break. If it's a single rein that uses conway buckles to attach to the bit at both ends, then yes, it's definitely a safety concern.

I, personally, don't like the feel of nylon or biothane reins. I only like leather. I have gotten rope burns from nylon reins when I was a teenager and fell off, so I won't use them again...
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post #3 of 4 Old 05-15-2010, 09:12 AM
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If you're careful with the horse, I don't see a problem in using synthetic. But accidents do happen. As luvs2ride mentioned, most reins have a buckle on them that will break in an emergency.

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post #4 of 4 Old 05-15-2010, 01:56 PM
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I find that leather reins just have more "feel" to them and are easier to communicate with so I prefer them that way. I'm not sure that I have an opinion as far as safety...
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