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The reins you choose will be influenced by your riding discipline and the feel they provide. If you ride strictly for pleasure, then you can choose any type of rein you like and that works for you. If you compete, then your rein choice will be guided by the tradition of your discipline, which also impacts the reins’ performance design. For example, laced leather reins are traditional in the hunter ring; they’re attractive and they offer grip. Flexible rubber reins are popular on the cross country course and in stadium jumping as these provide grip in any type of weather.

Dressage reins, particularly those used with snaffle bridles, have hand stops that help the rider maintain rein length. Dressage reins can be made of leather, webbing or a combination of rubber and web materials for added grip. ThinLine reins have a traditional, clean look that is appropriate for show, but the advanced material provides a great grip by conforming to the rider’s hands. Reins used with Weymouth bridles are usually crafted of smooth leather or leather with hand stops.

In fact, plain leather reins can be seen in any discipline. Offering a clean and classic look, they come in black and in all the most popular brown shades to coordinate with brown tack. As you check out the various types of reins, be sure to consider the style in which the rein connects to the bit ring. Buckle ends look best with European style buckle cheeks; hook and stud ends provide a clean and classic look that works with hook and stud cheeks.