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 Post subject: Reins
PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 10:52 am 

Joined: Tue Jun 25, 2013 9:34 am
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Hi All,

I have finally received my Vienna cavesson from El Mosquerro to replace the cavesson purchased from Marijke De Jong's website for Straightness training. I didn't really like it because of the bicycle chain in the nose piece, and the leather quality was really quite poor. I am now looking for a good quality pair of reins to use for in hand work, the reins previously purchased also of poor quality. Suffice to say I could probably get my local saddler to re-make them for me using good english leather.

 Post subject: Re: Reins
PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:27 am 

Joined: Wed Nov 12, 2008 9:58 pm
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Location: Western Cape, South Africa
I like to window shop in the tack shop that has a workshop for exactly that reason. My bridle is a sidepull. I used an existing bridle because I liked the reins, softness of the leather etc and just had the nosepiece made up to match. It looks like a regular bridle and I have been on many outrides where no one has even noticed I don't have a bit :funny: Tack is very specific to the rider/horse, so play around with what you have and you will work out what works best for the two of you.
I tried many different versions until I found something my horse was happy to wear. He still prefers nothing but a loose padded noseband (as a sidepull) seems to work best for us. He hates anything that constricts his head movement. :D

Annette O'Sullivan

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. - John Lennon

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