You know that feeling that you have in your hand at that exact moment that your horse is on the bit, in balance, over his back, all of those dressage-y terms that we all only sort of understand?

…and then you lose your grip or open your fingers slightly, and it all disappears. Your horse is back to being a giraffe watching planes in the sky.

I’m not saying there are reins that can fix you riding, but there are reins that can prevent that slippage from occurring – both with movable rein stoppers, and a grip that, in a way, holds your hand. And they’re so far removed from the gross, stiff, rope-feeling reins that we all despise, that y

ou can comfortably ride with these reins sans gloves, and your hands will not be the slightest bit calloused at the end of the ride.

I rode my opinionated, petite mare with these reins, and had a wonderful connection with her mouth. I found that when I hopped on my next horse, a level-headed, giant of a warmblood, I could move the rein stoppers if I chose, since he has a longer neck so my rein length would be different. But there are several of these soft rein stoppers along the grip of the reins, so you wouldn’t have to move them if you didn’t want to. It takes a bit of force to move the stoppers, and that’s intentional – so they don’t slip while you’re riding.

I have yet to ride in the rain with them, but I have a feeling the soft, rubber grip would withstand it well. The grip does withstand the flame test – literally, you can hold a lighter up to the reins and the Soft T technology won’t melt. It’s a highly technical and resistant material built to withstand heat +200°C, and cold – 50°C.

The reins also have vegetable-tanned, high quality leather at the buckle and bit attachments, and would be useful for any discipline. They’re the right size for my smaller, female hands. The big, round martingale stoppers with the clover and the brand might not be your style, although I suppose, technically, you could remove them if you didn’t like them.

They’re pricey for reins, at €127 ($155 USD), considering you could buy a whole bridle for that price. But I will say, I think if you’re battling stiff or slippery reins that rely on gloves to stay in your hands, it’s worth the investment.

If you want to check them out, go here: http://bit.ly/2F03qx2