I have narrowed it down to 2 types of loop reins but just for the life of me can't choose.
I would love to hear some opinions/suggestions from those who have tried either type.
First, from my previous posts you guys probably know I have issues with my grip(it varies by day) now im having numbness in some fingers too so regular reins are frustrating and hard to use( I even switched to rubber which is better than laced but not completely helpful).
I just cant put the reins off any longer because normal reins are frustrating me( hence I need something until I know what's wrong with my hands)
See if you can order both and return which ever doesn't work as well.
They have different amounts of play in the connection. You need to work with them a bit to figure out how to give a smidge more rein or take it in. Also how to lengthen and shorten for different gaits.
Ask Piaffe for her thoughts. Invite has been thinking about reins, too. Cadriver has excellent thoughts and teaches, so her knowledge is great.
I don't like the cotten ones, they will collapse in your hands (i.e. fold in half) and you won't feel like you are holding anything, especially if you don't have much feeling. Also the D rings on the reins are going to create weight and a little bit of flop... The cotten webbing also gets stiff with dirt.
I think the loops work better I've tried them, the key is to getting them adjusted at the right place and then mark your reins. You might want them in a certain place for hacking, flat work, dressage, jumping etc.
The big thing is you are going to have to learn when useing loops that you wont' be lenghthening and shortening your reins much so you need to do some of that with your arms, and your horse might need to travel in a bit more of a collected frame when doing trot and canter work...
I do like the idea of trying both though. It is a personal preference... freedom rider is usually willing to work with you so it doesn't hurt to ask.
It uses a board 2 pullies and weights. But will give you and idea and a picture.
An easier solution is to take to longe lines, attach 2 plastic milk bottles with sand in them or something to add weight about 2 lbs. Sit in a chair and have another chair faceing you with the seat towards you, run the lines over the top of the seat back with the wieghts on the far side, then you can shorten your lines until the weights are off the ground and then practice shortening and lengthing your reins.
You can watch how the weights move and affect the horses mouth. It really shows how much just a little will really give.
I tend to drive with reins with rein stops which really give me a feel for where I want my reins, mostly for when I want to lengthen, I can let the reins slip to the next rein stop, it is very quick and a finite distance. Also at a glance I can tell whether 1 rein is longer then the other.
But for those without much grip the loop reins are great. You would probably want them set for canter and trot work. Then just hold the reins regular for walk work when the horse is stretched out and you don't need as much contact.
Hey guys! I emailed freedomrider for thier opinion on which they would suggest for me given my hand issues.
They said that the handle reins would work as they are flexible but wont fully collape (maybe they improved the design cadriver?) the drawback would be they're not super accurate in adjustability like the rein bows. They said the loops for the rein bows are sturdy yet narrow so they would not be ideal if there is numbness because of the narrowness. They are quite accurate in adjustability.
Based on that would the slight adjustability difference deter you from picking one over the other? They would be for schooling and low level shows(when I get my card) like im only talking hisghest 1st level.
the only time we dont try to work collected is at the walk(free walk on the buckle ) So the not constantly adjusting is ok, and will probably help! as of now my reins are always slipping and Im adjusting them every 10 strides!
*Teddy* thanks for starting this thread and thanks to all for the great info posted. As we grow and expand I copy and paste like mad from this forum. Already there have been a few times where I have found myself with an *issue* and the lightbulb goes off that it was mentioned here.
Gosh only knows there is enough reinventing of the wheel when it comes to adaptive riding, it is so helpful to have this resource of awesome people!
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Has anyone found nylon rainbow reins with leather stops? I've hacked around with the first ones on this page and liked how they felt, but for doing more collected work I would like rein stops to avoid them slipping through my fingers. I could always have them put on for me, but would like to explore other options first. I don't like the feeling of web reins--do rubber reins feel the same way? There aren't any at the barn that I can try out for comparison. I can't believe I'm asking about reinbow reins, but my trainer suggested they might be a useful training tool with my vision issues. Thanks!
I will be sure to give you guys a update/opinion when I use them,
right now im sitting here and praying tomarrow will warrm up otherwise I will have to miss my lessoon its been almost -30 with the wwindchill for 3 days and frankly breathing/moving/staying warm is hard when its below -20