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  1. #1
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    Default I miss braided reins ... what tack styles have disappeared that you miss

    Not the laced reins but the beautiful old style braided reins. Why did they go out of style? I think I'm turning into an old fogey


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    You can still get them at Schneider's. The breed show people use them regularly. I say use them anyway if you like them! (I did like them -- but I don't miss cleaning them. too much scrubbing crannies with a toothbrush -- all rubber reins for me nowadays!)


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    I still love mine They have to be 30 years old....
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    I always preferred braided reins. I have a lovely pair by Bobby's. I know Smith-Worthington also wells them.

    I also remember when rolled bridles were all the rage. I don't really miss those, though.
    I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne


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    Does Bobby's still do braided reins? I didn't see them on the website



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    Loved my white rubber reins from the '90s.
    “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
    ¯ Oscar Wilde


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    Rust breeches....hid the dirt the best


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    ...green hunt coats...to go with the rust breeches, of course!


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    oh I loved my braided reins from the 80s, but they stretched like the dickens.


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    I have 2 pair from SW. The quality wasn't quite what I was hoping for but I never got around to returning them. Maybe I'll see what some of the higher Standards balm can do for them...
    Flip a coin. It's not what side lands that matters, but what side you were hoping for when the coin was still in the air.

    You call it boxed wine. I call it carboardeaux.


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    Sigh. I loved my plaited reins when I was a kid. I got some a few years ago and people actually made fun of them.

    I miss brown field boots.
    ~ Citizens for a Kinder, Gentler COTH...our mantra: Be nice. ~


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    Perri's makes them - I love how they look.



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    I have a pair of plaited reins on my daily use bridle. I LOVE them - they have rolled ends as well (works great with a running martingale). I bought them at a garage sale for $1.00 three years ago, and have been using them ever since.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Appsolute View Post
    I have a pair of plaited reins on my daily use bridle. I LOVE them - they have rolled ends as well (works great with a running martingale). I bought them at a garage sale for $1.00 three years ago, and have been using them ever since.
    Seriously? I am SO jealous!

    When I was a kid, my coach had a gorgeous rolled bridle with braided reins that you got to use IF you qualified for the year end show. Those reins remind me of it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Synthesis View Post
    Does Bobby's still do braided reins? I didn't see them on the website
    You can always ask - if they are making their own reins it should be simple enough, though expect price to reflect special order + cost of braided rein ...
    Stubben still offers a braided rein, I suspect cost has removed braided reins from the market.
    Kieffer offers this plaited rein



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    Quote Originally Posted by Synthesis View Post
    Not the laced reins but the beautiful old style braided reins. Why did they go out of style? I think I'm turning into an old fogey
    I KNOW I'm an old fogey - and I, too, LOVED the braided reins.
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    I too love the plaited reins! I bought a pair of Bobby's this spring but I haven't had a chance to use them yet, they look gorgeous so far though!



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    I still have some 20 year old plaited reins on my horse's bridle. I can't stand anything else. Even though getting them clean is a bitch!



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    I am guessing my plaited reins are 30+ years old. They are wide, and the leather is thick and of good quality - like they say, they just do not make things like they used to.

    I find that they are not too bad to clean. I keep them well oiled, and every two weeks or so, run the dirtiest part under warm water and give them a quick swipe with a scrub brush - then, TaDa! Clean!

    Still can't believe I paid $1.00 for them though


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    I love braided reins too! I did get a new pair from Dover about 5 years ago. They are nice but not as lovely as my raised fancy stitched braided reins they replaced.



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