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I'm thinking about getting split reins for my Arabian because the short little English reins I've used for the past 3 years have been starting to annoy me. XD When she puts her head down to "make sure" a water puddle isn't scary, or when she coughs, I have to lean forward so I'm not pulling on her mouth. Plus I love the ease of split reins. I always used them when I rode before I got my horse.

So, I was just wondering, what size should I get? She's 15 hands high. I think I've heard someone say 8' should be pretty good? But I'm not sure. :p

For another thing, it doesn't matter, but about how much money should they be? I know they vary in cost from one set to another, but approximately how much should leather split reins be?

Thanks for any advice! :)
 

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I don't know about sizing and what not but I do know that if your not concerned about looks you can always tie the ends off or cut them. I think mine cost $15 or $20, pretty cheap but they've held up for about 14 or 15 years now and are still going strong. :)
 

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Okay, thank you! :)
 

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The only time I've ever used shorter than 8' was on a 13.1 hand pony I broke a couple years ago...and even then, only when he was in the snaffle. When I put him up in the curb, I was using 8 footers on him.

For regular sized horses, I won't use any shorter than 8'. I've got a horse now that I'm going to have to have a pair special made because 8 footers are too short:lol:.
 

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Oh, stay away from latigo leather even though they are cheaper. It tends to stretch and get mis-shapen and doesn't last as long. Harness leather is the only way to go. These are the only kind I buy. They are more affordable than other brands, they have enough weight to have good feel but they aren't so heavy that they're uncomfortable.

Waterloop Split Rein 3/4" x 8'
 

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Wow, thanks guys! All of your advice is really helpful. I'll be sure to take everything you all said into consideration. :) Thanks again!
 

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Thank you! Yes, that is very helpful. I think I'll be getting them for my birthday (but of course I'll be the one picking them out...I'm picky when it comes to tack! lol) so I'll be going to the tack shop soon to look at some brands (I know they have some of the ones mentioned in your post, so I'll definitely be checking those out!). :)
 

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You can get trail reins. I have some and they are 10ft (5ft on each side) and they feel as long as I normally let my split reins go. My mare has started peanut rolling (lol odd lil Arab) so she needs the length. The trail reins give her the ability to do that (ill let her do that before bringing her head up to TRY to collect) and at the same time I can hold them like English or Western reins. And unlike a split rein you are not going to lose them because they are solid, so no tying in knots ether.
 

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Those sound better than my reins, but I'm still leaning toward split reins. I have a few other reason for wanting them, other than just length. But thank you for the suggestion! Maybe I'll have to try some trail reins sometime too. ;)
 

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I also use split reins. Don't get cheapo ones though, you want the ones that are weighted. I had a pair of cheapo ones and no matter how I held my reins I would always end up losing one. With my weighted ones I don't have that issue :).
 

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I'll remember that! I think I'd prefer the feel of weighted ones too, so that's good. :) Thank you!
 
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