Model: Grand Rubber Reins
Category: English Bridle Accessories
Purchase: I bought myself a show bridle a few years ago second-hand (but only used six times, for shows) from a woman online. It came with a bit and these reins. I paid $175 plus shipping for the entire bridle. I bought it mainly for the bridle, which had brass buckles, which appealed to me.
Likes: I have used rubber rainbow reins in the past for therapeutic riding, and always found them to be stiff and awkward to handle. I didn't care for rubber reins myself at all. The gelding that I bought the bridle for got EPM and was retired, so I only used the bridle on him once. Recently I got a thoroughbred off the track. He had his own bridle, but I wanted to try a bridle with a flash noseband and I was in a hurry and didn't have time to change the reins, so I just used the entire bridle with the reins that were on the bit already. I didn't even notice while I was riding that I wasn't using laced reins. These are thin and not stiff at all. I have continued to use these reins and see no reason to switch, because they're actually comfortable reins.
Dislikes: I still don't like the whole concept of rubber reins, and I have found that the ones we use for therapy riding (perhaps because they tend to be cheaper brands, like Kincade), are usually inflexible and too thick. This is my own prejudice, however, and I have no problem with my Gatsby reins.
Quality: Rubberized reins with leather near the buckle and at the bit ends. This is soft, flexible rubber that moves well in the hands and doesn't even chafe under the hands when working with a reschooling racehorse.
Summary: These are nice reins. I think the rubber is there to minimize slippage. I haven't found any difference, but perhaps it is precisely because I don't even notice my reins that I don't notice if they eliminate my hands from slipping at all. I like these reins, and if they have been recommended to you by your trainer or you just want to try them, I would say "go ahead and buy them!"
Usefulness Rating: 2.25 out of 5.
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