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My trainer suggested I invest in a good pair of side reins (with a donut) and a surcingle. Anyone have any tips on how to spot a good set?

I don't want the priciest thing out there, but I certainly don't want to buy something crappy that will fall apart in a week either! ;-)
 

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i always use side reins made with leather peices that will break in case of an accident over the ones that are all nylon. after that i just go for the cheapest i can find =]
 

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I use nylon ones without a suricingle (donut) but that has an elastic piece up by their head. I have found that those are the most adjustable and comfortable for them.

mine look exactly like this (the longer pieces are just the ends of the others, which have the elastic on them): http://www.horsetackco.com/images/sidereinscrump.gif
 

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I have a pair of Bobby's Tack side reins. They are leather with the donut, and they are very nice quality. If I remember correctly, I paid right around $50.00 for them. Very pleased.

As far as a surcingle, I have one that I purchased from Dover and really like that as well. I use a surcingle pad with it, and that I purchased from Dressage Extensions. I used to use baby pads or a simple a/p pad under the surcingle but found that they shifted too much for my liking....the surcingle pad stays in place.

If you are interested in a quality lunging cavesson, Dressage Extensions carries one that is soooo nice (yes, i have that as well....lol). I can get the item # if you're interested.

Hope that helps.:D
 

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I have this surcingle from Dover:
Dover's Training Surcingle - Dover Saddlery.

Love it! But they run big in my experience. I have a 1000lb TB mare and a 1100lb QH gelding and the horse size was too large for both of them. But it was easily fixed bu punching more holes in the billets.
 

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yeah, I had a pair with a donut in them that completely fell apart. That's why I love the elastic. They've lasted for years now.
 
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