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Need help - COTH wisdom and shopping help!

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  • Need help - COTH wisdom and shopping help!

    Hi all,

    So the background is that I have a coming five year old TB. A month ago I bought him a new everyday schooling bridle that I like very much, and it came with rubber reins. While I only go XC in rubber reins, I use a variety of different reins at home, and had been riding him in a old pair of rubberized web reins (which I got rid of upon buying this new bridle). Since switching the bridle and the reins, he has gotten an awful rub on one side of his neck (he isn't even clipped), and the only thing I can think of that is causing it is these new reins (the rubber on them is pretty hard). Now, I know that since it is only on one side, it has to do with his and my own straightness, and we are working on developing strength and traveling correctly, but as we work on this, I would like to find another pair of reins so that the hair on his neck can start to grow in (I never ever had this problem until I switched the reins).

    Thus, does anyone have a suggestion of relatively cheap reins (hopefully around $50)? I don't care about the grip material (rubber vs. web), but if they are web, or rubberized web I would prefer hand stops, and I don't like plain leather reins, as I find them impossible to hold on to. They need to be havana brown, and I would really like them to have buckle ends (I HATE hook studs - I know I am picky!). There seem to be several options out there, but I am curious if any COTHers have brands they like that withstood everyday use. I love Nunn Finer and BoB stuff, but it is pricier than I would like (the bridle itself only cost $100!).

    Also, any suggestions on stopping rubs? His skin isn't irritated, just a loss of hair. He doesn't seem to have sensitive skin - he has yet to get rubs anywhere else, but I would really like this to grow in before show season!

    Thanks in advance!

  • #2
    These are over your price range, but you might consider them for future" http://www.vtosaddlery.com/product/RUBREIN/NFSGR.htm

    Meanwhile, these are super cheap and pretty much fit the bill. I use them every day and they last for a long time: http://www.vtosaddlery.com/product/RUBREIN/CRR.htm

    These are similar: http://www.vtosaddlery.com/product/RUBREIN/CRWRS.htm

    I am also very fond of web reins with stops: http://www.bitofbritain.com/Web_Rein...ops_p/9386.htm

    These are fairly nice: http://www.adamshorsesupplies.com/Ki...ins-P3381.aspx

    These are at the top of your price range, but super: http://www.adamshorsesupplies.com/Pr...eins-P335.aspx
    OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


    • #3
      I bought a pair of Tekna non slip reins (brown, buckle ends) at the USEA meeting in December.

      I have not been using them very long (took a while before I got around to switching reins), but so far I am very happy with them.

      At under $30 I was prepared to "take a chance".

      ETA it looks as if VTO has them too.

      chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).


      • #4
        I like web reins with stoppers, particularly web with rubber strips woven in for grip. Plus they are soft and shouldn't rub pony. Like this type of thing:


        Actually, I think those are the one I have and despite the fact you would think they might be crappy, they've done well -- I've had them at least two-three years and they are fully intact and grippy with no broken stitches or rubber bits or anything. They fit my requirements of cheap AND durable.
        Life doesn't have perfect footing.

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        • #5

          I keep trying to justify buying a pair of these. You know, for my horse on stall rest who already has 5 bridles.



          • #6
            Bahahaha, never trust Sprinkler, aka, tack purchasing enabler, to help you with your accessory shopping, you will be broke forever! ;-P Love you, SB!
            Life doesn't have perfect footing.

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