Reins are sold in 3 main lengths; 48 inches; 54 inches and 60 inches. The standard length most adults ride with at 54 inches. There are options for shorter lengths which are most suitable for children and pony riders. Reins also vary in width to account for different sized hands and the comfort of the rider. Riders of strong horses tend to prefer thicker reins to allow the pressure to be more evenly distributed in the hand to prevent soreness.
The selection of reins by a rider can depend on a number of factors from the length of the horse's neck to grip requirements to the bit being used on the horse. A rider using double reins of example has the top rein thicker than the bottom as the top rein is the main rein in use.
Rubber reins are some of the most popular with horse riders because they offer grip in all types of weather, wipe clean easily and tend to distribute pressure evenly in the hand. Rubber reins aren't as bulky as they used to be with manufactures using new materials to offer sleeker solutions.
Webbed reins or continental reins are also a popular choice with these reins featuring leather stoppers at various points for grip and to help ensure the rider has their hands at an even length on both sides. Many styles now incorporate rubber threads in the webbing to give added grip.
Plain leather reins or those which feature lacing or rubber linings are designed for the show ring, they come in a variety of lengths and widths. Most riders use gloves with these reins of grip as they can become very slippery. We offer a big range of riding gloves for women and men including those by Roeckl and LeMieux suitable for showing competitions.
We stock a range of horse reins suitable for various equestrian activities from hacking out to competition from top brands and offer various delivery options including a next day courier service.