Loop of reins driving me crazy - HELP!!
I need to find a solution to this extremely annoying little problem, and i'm hoping there is a brilliant trick that COTH'ers will share that will enable me to keep riding with my present set of reins.
I have a beautiful set of flat leather Stubben reins on my Dressage bridle. I LOVE them, the leather is super soft, pliable and grippy. But here's the thing - the loop of "extra" reins get caught under the saddle pad all.the.time. It doesn't seem to matter which saddle pad I use, I find myself pulling the slack over my horse's withers all the time, and it's driving me bonkers. I've resorted to tucking the buckle in between the pommel of my saddle and the sheepskin pad, but that comes loose within a minute or so... grrr... I thought maybe the reins were too long or heavy, so I switched to my friend's brown braided reins for a while.. same deal - they still get caught under my saddle pad, and it turns out they're exactly the same length as my black Stubben reins (so clearly a standard length).
Do I need pony reins or something?? I have never had this problem before, and when I ride in my close contact it's not an issue. It's not even just the getting caught under the pad that drives me crazy, the simple weight of the slack is annoying - i.e., say I have the loop under my hands draped on my horse's right shoulder, the weight of the loop on my left hand bugs the heck out of me. I keep pulling the loop up so it's equally draped over his withers (and the buckle is right on his neck), but it invariably slips down..
I never, ever had this problem before I started riding Dressage. When I ride him in my Hunter bridle & close contact saddle, no issues. The extra loop doesn't feel heavy at all and doesn't bother me.
What gives? Is there anything I can do besides just buying another set of reins??