At The Menner you will find reins for any type of harness; from single-span mini pony to four-span horse. Also tandem leashes, and related matters, such as pipe clamps, are present in the assortment. Whether you choose leather reins, non-slip reins or plastic reins is determined on the one hand by what you find comfortable.
Functionality different types of reins
Plastic reins are virtually maintenance free. There are full plastic reins, as well as plastic reins with anti-slip. A leather leash has a bit more "mass" than an anti-slip leash and therefore it sits differently in the hand. When purchasing, also keep in mind the welds, as mentioned in another blog about leashes.
Riders who are used to riding with leather reins often have to make a change when they start riding with non-skid reins. A leather lead rope can become a little slippery when it rains, reducing the grip on the reins. With an anti-slip lead rope, the grip remains good even when it rains.
In addition to functionality, when choosing a leash, the issue of taste again comes into play. What do you like? If you ride authentic riding, a non-slip lead is not an option. If you choose leather, then the question of what color is preferable comes into play. Do you value tradition? Then brown is often the choice.
Non-slip reins not always practical
In tandem and fourhorse driving, you have to think very carefully about whether you want anti-slip. The marathon riders single span and two span often ride with anti-skid because they have the reins fixed in one place and with that it is "just" going between the obstacles. In a tandem or a four-horse, you have two reins on top of each other, a front reins and a rear reins. When you go around a turn, you put a loop on the side of the inside turn. And then if you have two anti-slip on each other, that won't slide and it becomes difficult to put that loop. So I recommend having at least one of the two reins in leather, so it does slide over each other.
Experiencing the reins yourself
With reins, personal preference plays an even bigger role than with harnesses. The width, the material, anti-slip or not, et cetera. You have to experience and feel a harness yourself if you don't know what you want. The Menner is at several events during the year in the country and there you can take some reins in the hand to experience it yourself. Do you have a fine hand or a broad hand? Are you looking for marathon reins or standard reins? Do you want non-slip, plastic or leather reins? You really need to feel this and if you don't have the opportunity to do this in the barn, it can be done at The Horseman in the carriage. On the baldingr are all the events we attend.
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