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threedogpack
Jun. 2, 2012, 01:50 PM
if I understand the terms correctly, romal/rommel reins are a round braided rawhide rein? And the buttons are for weight and balance in a "bridle horse" to get it from bouncing around in the horses mouth?

if I am incorrect, please explain it to me???

Bluey
Jun. 2, 2012, 01:58 PM
if I understand the terms correctly, romal/rommel reins are a round braided rawhide rein? And the buttons are for weight and balance in a "bridle horse" to get it from bouncing around in the horses mouth?

if I am incorrect, please explain it to me???

Basically, when we talk of western reins attached to a bit, there are split reins and romal reins.
Split reins are two longish reins, of any material, mostly leather.

Romal reins are western closed reins with a tail.
They can be made out of anything you choose, most are made of leather or leather/rawhide, some have little chains on the ends, anything goes.

It used to be that split reins were used in the SW mostly and in many cattle working classes, romal reins in the West coast, on their more "bridled up" type horse showing.

Tamara in TN
Jun. 2, 2012, 02:58 PM
if I understand the terms correctly, romal/rommel reins are a round braided rawhide rein? And the buttons are for weight and balance in a "bridle horse" to get it from bouncing around in the horses mouth?

if I am incorrect, please explain it to me???

yes pretty much

Tamara

monstrpony
Jun. 2, 2012, 02:58 PM
But, yes--the purpose of properly braided rawhide reins with buttons is to give the rain a proper "belly" in the way it hangs from the bit, so that weight-of-rein signals are all that is needed for the horse to respond.

There are reins made in the closed style with a romal that are made of latigo or braided kangaroo or other leather (with rawhide buttons), but the traditional ones are rawhide.

Tamara in TN
Jun. 2, 2012, 03:01 PM
But, yes--the purpose of properly braided rawhide reins with buttons is to give the rain a proper "belly" in the way it hangs from the bit, so that weight-of-rein signals are all that is needed for the horse to respond.

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yes the weight is such that if you lifted your pointer finger from bent to upright that can travel thru the stiffer,heaver,balanced rein to tell the horse that something was happening

Tamara