From Endurance to Dressage
How Many Sets of Reins Do I Need?
Probably five, one for each functioning bridle. I should be careful about that criteria though as there are at least three bridles in my garage and another two in my office, none of which I use, but they're all "functioning." Do they still need reins?
Of the I-have-a-use-for-them bridles, both Izzy and Speedy have two. Izzy has two standard snaffle bridles, each with a bit with a different purpose. Speedy has a dressage bridle and a rope riding halter, both of which get used regularly. He also has an endurance bridle, which hasn't been on him in several years, but I keep it as a trail bridle option.
That still doesn't answer the question of how many sets of reins I own or need. So again, how many sets of reins are there? You'll have to be more specific. I now have the previously stipulated 5 sets of reins at the barn. That seems more than reasonable. Unfortunately, I actually own far more sets of reins than I can count on one hand. Or even two hands. And I might be dangerously close to needing three hands.
As I write this, there are currently three sets of reins living in the closet in my office, two of which are brand new. In my defense, I am pretty sure they were freebies. There is a cotton web pair, a laced leather pair, and an interesting leather pair that I am considering trying.
Out in the garage, there are 7 pairs of reins, all of which are in excellent shape excluding the rubber pair. I keep a pair of western split reins for starting youngsters although why is a little bit of a mystery as I swore off babies long ago. Speedy cured me of wanting another three, four, or five year old. The other six pairs are a mixture of smooth leather, cotton web, laced leather, and a lovely Beta pair that I wish I loved. I think I would nearly pay someone to make me an offer on any or all of them. Really. Do it. At least offer to cover the shipping.
Do you remember that I just bought a set of Thinline reins. I really liked them. I liked them so much that I took them off Speedy's bridle so that I could use them on Izzy's bridle at the recent show we did. It's not that I am particularly lazy, or rich, but I liked them so much that I wanted to use them for every ride no matter which horse I was riding, but frankly, switching them out every day was not realistic. Guess what I now own TWO of?
This purchase happened quickly because I already knew that The Dressage Pony Store carried the Thinline reins as cheaply as I was going to find. I didn't have to research a thing. And just like with the first set, I ordered on Sunday, Valerie had them in the mail on Monday, and they were on Speedy's bridle by Tuesday.
So how many sets of reins do I really need? A lot fewer than currently reside in my house. I am serious about needing to part with most of them.
Help a girl out, won't you?
9/5/2019 05:19:55 pm
I don't know how helpful I'll be or not, since I'm a rabid reins collector. We may need a support group. I can think of *at least* 10 pairs of reins I have in my possession at the given time...
9/6/2019 01:23:51 pm
There is no end to the list of things that horse girls can collect. ;0)
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About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
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