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post #11 of 22 Old 06-02-2009, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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smrobs, thank you! I use snaffle. I'm not fan of curb bits on trails. I don't have a pic, but basically the point of the connection of the rein to the bit broke apart (looks like a really bad leather). My horse spooked, so I was turning her to slow down, and that's when it happened.



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Aha, I think you are talking about the water tie end. The little string that connected the loop with the actual rein was probably what broke, huh? I know that is no fun whatsoever. LOL. I hope you have better luck finding something else.

Are they similar to this?
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Oh boy, the pic is a sibling to my reins! :) Yes, very similar, and they broke twice (fortunately 1st time it was in ring and no accident happened, 2nd time yesterday on judged trail and that was not that smooth, I'm not trying my luck for the 3rd time! Lol!).

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It's just a follow-up... I ended up getting John Lyons reins Maynme suggested Rope Reins for Sale

I usually don't care about "big names", but the pic and description looked nice, so... :) They are indeed really nice to touch and seems like good reins (I wonder how I gonna clean it though - lol!).



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Rope is very easy to clean. It can be done in the washing machine as long as you tie a sock over the snaps to keep them from banging around.

As for the waterloop end of your split reins, the only breakable part is the leather tie and that is easily replaced. On the set that I use from time to time, just to be on the safe side, I hang the headstall on a tack hook (hanging from the ceiling of the tack room) and, periodically give them a good yank to check their integrity. I also keep them well oiled; it's easy to overlook that part when cleaning but I've seen a few accidents from just such a problem.

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Thank you, iride! You are as always the source of the helpful info!



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Kitten Val, I also had a pair of those rein (strings) break on me at the same time! I immediately replaced the stupid strings with chicago screws.. Lil bit of nail polish to keep them tight and they have never given me a moments trouble since.. Some people don't like chicago screws as they can work loose, but I've not had a problem with them.. I do like the feel of the rope rein(10f or so) like you bought. I use a macate one tho. Sometimes I need a spanker. ;)

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I do like the feel of the rope rein(10f or so) like you bought. I use a macate one tho. Sometimes I need a spanker. ;)
They are nice, aren't they? Although I still feel a little strange when I use them as I'm used to the leather ones (and I ride my paint english with leather reins).



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Ahaha, I ride so mixed up it's not funny. Rode today in an aussie saddle with a western headstall/ported curb bit and fat braided leather split reins. Sometimes I use an english headstall with some sort of snaffle. I may use the rope reins(with snaps to attach to bit) or a pair of leather reins. Just depends on what is on the bridle already and/or what I feel comfy with on that horse etc.. I do usually ride a western saddle tho. I have just gotten to where I like that fatter rope in my hands over the flat leather. I used to only ride curb bit/flat split reins.. Ah, progress. lol

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I WISH I could find and borrow nice(!) Aussie to try. I heard they are die for. I tried the new cheap one once (like $300 or so), and it didn't fit my horse at all.

Be careful with those reins with buckles to the bit. Some of those buckles have a tendency to break (bad metal, I guess).



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