A Practical Guide to Hanging Split Reins

DMTsplitreinsOne of the most important aids you use to communicate with your horse is your bridle reins. It’s nice to have reins that hang freely when you’re ready to ride. Your horse will appreciate it as much as you do! This is an easy, efficient way to hang your bridle and it keeps your reins untangled and flowing smoothly so you’re always ready to ride!


1. Let the bridle hang in one hand by placing your hand (non-dominant hand is best) through the crown piece of the headstall.

2. With your other hand guide the left rein under the bit and over the headstall on the right side. Be sure to lay the rein evenly over your hand and check to make sure there’s no twists or kinks in the rein.

3. Next guide the right rein under the bit and over the headstall on the left side. Again check to make sure it’s hanging with no kinks or twists. Now place the bridle on the hook and it’s ready for your next ride.

Here at Dennis Moreland Tack I cut every rein I make in pairs from hides that I have personally chosen just for my reins. I hand edge these reins and then rub them with saddle soap, pure Neatsfoot oil, and again with saddle soap. This gives the edges of the reins a better feel in your hands.

My reins have feel on the bit end so the horse feels light contact in his mouth before the rein actually gets tight. If a person rides with reins that are so lightweight they feel like a dish rag your horse may have trouble knowing what you want. You want your reins to have body, have “feel” to them. You want a dense piece of leather with tight fibers.

My reins are crafted with a particular end-user in mind. If you’re not sure which rein would best fit your needs, give me a call. I’d be happy to recommend a rein that I think would work best for you.

For more information on Dennis Moreland Tack reins visit: or call 817-312-5305.

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