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  • What kind of reins do you use?

    Plain leather, braided leather, rubber, etc.

    And do you use a different style of reins for stadium and cross country, or do you use the same ones?

    Why do you prefer them?

    Just out of curiosity!

  • #2
    For dressage and SJ, I use the leather reins, which have the rubber on the inside. I tend to let my reins get too long if I do not have something grippy on which to hold. When it is raining, they do not slip like most leather reins.

    For cross country, I use thin rubber reins that are long enough for me to tie the knot at the end of them. The thick rubber reins are too difficult for my hands to hold. The thin rubber reins will slip easily, just in case I get left behind.
    When in Doubt, let your horse do the Thinking!


    • #3
      I use these (although I occasionally use a pair of rubber lines leather ones for dressage):

      OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


      • #4
        For dressage I use ThinLine reins, for stadium & XC I use either ThinLine or plaited leather reins. I like them both. Right now I have the plaited reins on my jumping bridle.
        They're both thin, flexible, grippy and comfortable, and slip fairly easily when necessary.


        • #5
          My dressage reins have stops and rubber on the inside
          My reins on my jumping bridle are thin rubber reins
          There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.(Churchill)


          • #6
            I use Thinline for everything. If you have any sort of grip or hand issues (and I do) they're the best.
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            • #7
              My favorite are the web reins with stops, they are on my dressage bridle. I had them on my jumping bridle, but I found that I couldn't slip my reins as easily with them so I switched to the Eventa rubber reins. I just hate that I HAVE to wear gloves with them as any type of moisture (sweat, rain) makes them pretty slick.


              • #8
                Love Nunn Finer Eventa Reins!! I have them on all my bridles as I bought them off of TOTD!
                You know you're a horse person when your mother, who has no grandchildren, gets cards addressed to Grandma, signed by the horses, cats, and dogs.


                • #9
                  I use regular rubber reins for all three phases. The only difference is my dressage bridle has black and my jumping bridle has brown!
                  "Last time I picked your feet, you broke my toe!"


                  • #10
                    I like rubberized web on my dressage bridle. For jumping, I use thick rubber reins (the ones with big bumps, I hate the ones with little bumps). For my xc gag bit with double reins, the snaffle rein is rubber and the gag rein is rubberized web.


                    • #11
                      I've got a question for ya'll. I have the Nunn Finer biothane-rubber reins... and they are great... except in the super hot summer here when I don't want to wear gloves. I find that they slip really bad when my hands start to sweat. What are the best reins for going glove-less?
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                      • #12
                        I use black web reins with stops for dressage, plain braided leather reins for SJ, and some thickish rubber reins for XC. I love them all and they each suit the purpose I need for each part!
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                        • #13
                          I use rubber reins for everything, preferably thinner. I do have a lovely pair of plaited leather reins that I was using as a gag rein. I might stick those on my jump bridle for now until I can find time a new set of rubber that I like. Don't know if I'd use them permanently, but they do have a nice feeel.

                          I hate web reins, especially with stops. I hate the Eventa reins, as they are slick as SNOT. I don't love the biothane ones as I find them slippery, too, and I just don't like the feel in my hand. I find laced reins to be too stiff. However, I am VERY picky about reins and gloves, and like a very certain feel for both.

                          Leah, I have yet to find reins that are good with bare hands on sweaty horses. I was reminded of that today when Toby got a little agressive and I had no gloves and my reins were slick with sweat.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by leahandpie View Post
                            I've got a question for ya'll. I have the Nunn Finer biothane-rubber reins... and they are great... except in the super hot summer here when I don't want to wear gloves. I find that they slip really bad when my hands start to sweat. What are the best reins for going glove-less?
                            Leah, I have been using Arc de Triomphe Imperial leather reins (braided) without gloves in the summer, and they are AWESOME. You will have to oil them a number of times before going gloveless, but they get really soft and supple without getting slick. I've never gotten any blisters and they feel really secure, even without gloves. The only downside is that they are $$$ (but so worth it!).


                            • #15
                              [QUOTE=yellowbritches;6411839]I use rubber reins for everything, preferably thinner. QUOTE]

                              Same. I like the thinner Bobby's ones (the 5/8) as well as the Nunn Finer.
                              I guess for gloveless web reins don't get slick, but ouch!!


                              • #16
                                [QUOTE=Beam Me Up;6412127]
                                Originally posted by yellowbritches View Post
                                I use rubber reins for everything, preferably thinner. QUOTE]

                                Same. I like the thinner Bobby's ones (the 5/8) as well as the Nunn Finer.
                                I guess for gloveless web reins don't get slick, but ouch!!
                                The Bobby's are exactly what I'm trying to replace. Now that I have power again, I can spend some serious googling time.


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by yellowbritches View Post

                                  Leah, I have yet to find reins that are good with bare hands on sweaty horses. I was reminded of that today when Toby got a little agressive and I had no gloves and my reins were slick with sweat.
                                  I totally agree. I have Nunn Finer reins and several kinds of rubber and leather laced, but my current TB's sweat seems particularly slick. I don't recall as much slip as I'm having recently and I hate hate hate gloves, I don't feel like I have as light a touch on the horse's mouth with them.

                                  Do the Thinline ones slip?

                                  I had a pair of Courbette rubber-woven web reins and they ate my hands alive and were still slippery. Worst reins ever but they were nice and thin.


                                  • #18
                                    Leather for all 3 phases. I like the Equus "eventa" reins without pimples.


                                    • #19
                                      For dressage I used braided leather reins. I think they look nice, and those are the reins I grew up using, so I'm comfortable with them. I used a pair of fat web reins with rubber stops last week in a lesson b/c I borrowed my trainer's bridle, and if they had been thinner I would have liked them.

                                      For SJ and XC I use camptown harness' web/rubber inlay reins:

                                      They're 3/4" and royal blue. I. Love. Them. I HATE wearing gloves, and also like to be able to really grab my reins yet they have to be slideable. The bridle these reins are on is also my "dink around on the trail" bridle. They haven't ripped my hands up, and my gelding has shown some attitude a few times (aka, throwing in the Arab head toss that about dislocates your elbows!) These are so, so comfy, soft and floppy, but have a ton of grip. I tried the web with rubber stops and HATED them because I couldn't slip them very well. After using these reins I'll never use a different pair. Plus, they were able to customize the length. Horse length was a bit too long, but I didn't want them to be too short. They ended up cutting them at 50", and they are perfect!
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                                      • #20
                                        RunNJump- those look like a really good option. Do they start out stiff?

                                        I also found these:

                                        Anyone tried them?
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