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What side of the horse do the end of your reins lay on?

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  • What side of the horse do the end of your reins lay on?

    Spin off from the mane side thread. What side do you keep the end (I think it's called the bight) of the reins on?
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  • #2
    Bight on the Right!!

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    • #3
      Always on the left. I flip it over if it's ever on the right. I don't know why, but that's how I've always preferred it.
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      • #4
        Traditionally on the right; they should fall on the off side of where you mount/dismount.
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        • #5
          What side for the ends of the reins...

          For me, it is always on the right.
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          • #6
            Traditionally it's on the right for the above mentioned reason-so you don't hook it with a body part mounting/dismounting.

            If you show Eq, it might be noticed and docked but otherwise, whatever works for you, doubt it matters.
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            • #7
              Like most, on the right. It feels funny to me to have it on the left and I'll flip it back over. The reins just seem to lay flatter that way. *shrug*

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              • #8
                I rode w/a BNT this past fall and was told they should ALWAYS be on the left, and George Morris would have it "no other way"

                Somehow even knowing that - mine are always on the right.

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                • #9
                  I used to always keep it on the outside because I carried my crop on the inside and it just annoyed me to have them both on the same side lol. Now I usually keep it on the left because I mostly keep my crop in my right hand.
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                  • #10
                    Bight on the right.
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                    • #11
                      Can't say I've ever really taken much notice! But I think mine lay on the left as I carry my crop in my right hand & it just is more comfortable for me! (shrugs shoulders)
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                      • #12
                        It's usually on the opposite side of my crop, and the crop is on whichever side needs it. If I flip my crop to the other hand, I may or may not flip the bight depending on how much trouble/busy that is.

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                        • #13
                          I was drilled that it should always be on the left by the Pony Club.
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                          • #14
                            I'm OCD about it and have to have them on the left... correct or not, my mental state depends on it when first getting on

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                            • #15
                              Opposite side from my whip.

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                              • #16
                                Always on the right.
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                                • #17
                                  Always, always on the left for me. I don't remember being taught that, either. I don't seem to notice the bight when it's on the left, but when it flips over on the right, it SURE bothers me for some reason. So weird.

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                                  • #18
                                    Always on the right side.
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                                    • #19
                                      Lefty here as well...crop in right.

                                      But I do recall hearing that you should swap both the bight and the crop in say a flat class...to keep your crop on the outside. Am I on crack here?
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by BuddyRoo View Post
                                        Lefty here as well...crop in right.

                                        But I do recall hearing that you should swap both the bight and the crop in say a flat class...to keep your crop on the outside. Am I on crack here?
                                        You shouldn't carry a crop in a flat class.

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