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  • Help with choosing new reins

    I have Warendorf dressage bridle which came with rubber reins and I hated them from the start- too short, too rubbery (ruined two pairs of gloves,) and too unsensitive
    I've been using laced leather reins from my hunter bridle, but the whole rolled black bridle/laced brown reins look is not really working

    So, I am shopping for new reins, any suggestions please? Something nice and comfortable, and soft, not too slippery, but not too grippy.
    I came across those http://www.doversaddlery.com/product...&ids=256832977 but they are a bit pricey.

  • #2
    I just bought a pair of Bobby's rolled reins with leather stoppers on ebay and they are wonderful! They are nice and long because they are "warmblood" length (I'm actually going to get them shortened, but it sounds like you like them long), lovely leather and the price was perfect.

    I don't know if you can find the same ones again on ebay, or maybe somewhere else, but here's a link to the closed auction so you can at least see them: reins

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    • #3
      I recently bought a pair of thinline reins on ebay for $60, brand new. I LOVE them, and I didn't think I would, I thought they'd be bulky or too squishy but they're not. They slide easily through my hand when I let them, but don't when I don't. They have a slight bit of heft (which I like) and are slightly 'alive' which I adore and cannot fathom how its accomplished frankly. My hands are vastly more still since owning them.

      Until then I'd been using the nunn finer version of the bio-grip, and they were ok but light and floppy and twisted around easily, I was very busy futzing with them all the time.

      I also recently got a pair of courbette web reins with leather stops new on ebay for $10, they're quite nice as well but I've been so ecstatic with my TL's I haven't bothered with anything else.
      Being terrible at something is the first step to being truly great at it. Struggle is the evidence of progress.

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      • #4
        Love, love, love my Equus Eventa reins. And I got mine from a tack shop in the UK for half the price.

        http://www.doversaddlery.com/equus-e...1-03187/cn/85/

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        • #5
          I love the Nunn Finer rubber reins. They're longer, and are nice and floppy, which I like

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          • #6
            Originally posted by esdressage View Post
            I just bought a pair of Bobby's rolled reins with leather stoppers on ebay and they are wonderful! They are nice and long because they are "warmblood" length (I'm actually going to get them shortened, but it sounds like you like them long), lovely leather and the price was perfect.

            I don't know if you can find the same ones again on ebay, or maybe somewhere else, but here's a link to the closed auction so you can at least see them: reins
            Great price!
            Now in Kentucky

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            • #7
              Just picked up some red barn dressage reins at my local store-but you can get them on line. They are padded with buffalo leather on the inside. so they wear better and have stops inside the rein- kinda hard to describe, but i love them. They were around 80 bucks. Super easy to hold and grippy, without the rubber to tear up your gloves, etc.
              Do not toy with the dragon, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Valentina_32926 View Post
                Great price!
                I thought so, and they were absolutely brand new with tags, arrived within a couple of days, with no shipping charge with buy it now (so they arrived to my door for $48.99). I couldn't be happier

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                • #9
                  I like these for schooling and hacking out; http://www.custom-tack.com/specializedtrainingaids.html
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                  • #10
                    I was having trouble going through multiple pairs of gloves with my old web reins. Someone told me about the Easy Grip reins from Jerry's Harness and I bought a pair and love them.


                    http://www.jerrysharnessshop.com/reins.htm

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                    • #11
                      I have reins like the ones you saw by Passier (web reins with a rubber inlay)-- only mine are by KL Select. Mine were still pricey at around $150 but I really like them and they're well made. Mine do not have the leather stoppers, but I didn't want them, so that wasn't a problem for me.


                      http://www.klselect.com/kl-select/reins.html
                      Originally posted by RugBug
                      Don't throw away opportunities because they aren't coming in exactly the form you want them to.

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                      • #12
                        Arc De Triomphe calfskin covered reins are heaven to my hands. They are the softest, most supple reins I've ever felt. I've had them for a year and ride everyday and they still look new.



                        http://www.horsetackco.com/arc-de-tr...red-reins.html

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by baroqueNheart View Post
                          Arc De Triomphe calfskin covered reins are heaven to my hands. They are the softest, most supple reins I've ever felt. I've had them for a year and ride everyday and they still look new.



                          http://www.horsetackco.com/arc-de-tr...red-reins.html
                          I have these too and love them as well!

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                          • #14
                            I have a pair of rubber lined reins that I love, and also a pair of soft grip reins... I like both, because they are not too much to hold.
                            I have to wear leather gloves with the soft grip ones, because when I wear my Roeckle gloves it is like I am glued to them and have a hard time adjusting them.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by baroqueNheart View Post
                              Arc De Triomphe calfskin covered reins are heaven to my hands. They are the softest, most supple reins I've ever felt. I've had them for a year and ride everyday and they still look new.



                              http://www.horsetackco.com/arc-de-tr...red-reins.html
                              I have had the same pair - used almost every day - for 5 years. They are still like new. The best thing about them are the hidden thingies that always let you know if you're holding the reins evenly.

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                              • #16
                                I have been lusting after a set Thinline reins at my local tack shop. They feel wonderful in my hands.
                                Sheilah

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                                  #17
                                  Wanted to thank you all for wonderful suggestions!
                                  I ended up getting a set of Thinline reins, and I am in love They arrived on Friday night and I could barely wait to get to the barn on Saturday. They are everything I wanted and more!
                                  Thank you all for help, wonderful COTHers

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                                  • #18
                                    Hah! I was going to say, try thinline and you won't go back. I adore mine and the poster who said they feel "alive" is spot on.

                                    The only thing I have found with them, just as a head's up, is that they are not as wonderful in very cold weather - I guess the thinline material is just less soft and a bit more slippery in low temps. So in the dead of winter I tend to swap them out for something else, and then in spring I'm always excited to get them back on the bridle again!
                                    The big man -- my lost prince

                                    The little brother, now my main man

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                                      #19
                                      Thanks for heads up, asterix!
                                      Fortunately, I do not think I will be affected too much by cold weather, as I am in California

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by BMargieRad View Post
                                        I was having trouble going through multiple pairs of gloves with my old web reins. Someone told me about the Easy Grip reins from Jerry's Harness and I bought a pair and love them.


                                        http://www.jerrysharnessshop.com/reins.htm

                                        I have their easy grip plain reins and love love love them. They feel live well conditioned leather all the time.

                                        oops, late to the party.

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