I did a search and it looks like the last time this topic was posted was in 2015 so instead of bumping that thread I’m starting a new one
Do you have a favourite brand of reins? I’m in the market for new ones and would love some of your reviews.
I am currently riding a school horse (I part-board, so I get to ride him 3-4x per week) and the reins will be used by any other riders (over the summer I suspect I’ll be the only one riding him except maybe the odd adult beginner lesson here and there).
The reins currently on his bridle are cheapy web reins with hand stops. I 100% need the loops / hand stops so that’s a “must have” criteria. I also have a bit of a hard time closing my hand, at least once a lesson I get a reminder from my coach to close my fingers because I’ve let them get loose around the reins (this comes from the muscle memory of how I walk my dogs, I’m sure - I basically let their leashes dangle from my fingers because they have such good manners). I do not have arthritis or weakness in closing my fingers, I am just “lazy” I think in my muscle memory.
A friend at the barn has Dyon leather & rubber reins with stops that I really like but I can’t seem to find them online anywhere - this I think is the closest: https://www.dyon.be/en/bridlework/5-8-hunter-reins-with-7-leather-loops-without-stopper-black-full-new-english-collection
I have found a few nice pairs that only seem to come in brown, but I am looking for black.
Bonus points if I can find it them at a Canadian tack shop, but not a requirement.
Tell me about your favourite reins, and why you love them!