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Split Reins

Split reins are made from a variety of materials (leather, synthetics, cotton, etc.), and come in a variety of lengths, widths, and weights. Split reins are usually the preferred choice of working cowboys and cowgirls. Below are split reins for sale on eBay

 Please scroll down toward the bottom of the page for good things to know before buying split reins.

Below: Leather split reins

Split reins for riding a horse

What Are Split Reins?

Split reins are a piece of equipment used for communicating with a horse while it is being ridden. Split reins are actually two separate, individual reins that are used together, with one rein on each side of the horse's neck. Each rein attaches to the bridle and extends from the bridle to the rider's hands to help communicate such things to the horse as when to stop, turn, speed up, slow down, and more.

Reins can also be a one-piece or one rein-style that extends from one side of the bridle, over the horse's neck, and down to the other side of the bridle.

Below: Split reins. When a rider dismounts a horse and intentionally leaves one split rein on the ground it is often a cue for the horse to "ground tie," or to stay there until the rider returns.

Split reins

Which type of reins a rider uses, split reins or one rein, is a matter of personal preference. Split reins are commonly seen in the Western riding disciplines, although some Western riders might use one rein. Split reins are heavily preferred by most working cowboys and cowgirls.

Weighted Split Reins

Weighted split reins have extra weight in them, either toward front end (the end that attaches to the bit) or the back end (the ends that hang down the side of the horse). The weight, regardless of which end it is located, is intended to help that end of the reins hang more quietly. Not all split reins are weighted; it's a matter of personal preference.

In the photo below of a single split rein, the #1 shows the front end of the rein (the end that attaches to the bit). The #2 is the the opposite end of the rein, the part that hangs down the side of the horse.

If you look above the #2 where the arrow is pointing, you will see that the rein is cut thicker for several inches to give this end added weight. Whether or not split reins are weighted (at either end) is a matter of personal preference.

Weighted split reins

 

This is a close-up from the photo above, showing the part of the rein that is cut thicker to give it added weight.

Weighted split reins, close up

 


Split Reins - Good Things To Know Before You Buy

 

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