For a constant, smooth, and flexible rein connection, a good grip on the reins is essential. Smart rubber reins offer particularly good grip. Even with sweaty hands or in bad weather, rubber reins promise optimal grip. The reins are reinforced with leather parts at the ends where the bit is buckled in. This gives them even more stability. There are different ways of attaching the reins to the bit. Rubber reins with carabiners are ideal for quick and easy buckling. Depending on the model, the middle part of the reins can be continuous or separated by stops. Rubber reins with stops provide additional support and make it easier to grip the reins.
Pure rubber reins are usually somewhat thicker and heavier than leather reins or the classic webbed reins. However, as they guarantee a particularly good grip, rubber reins with stops are often used in show jumping. Narrower rubber reins are also available, but not every rider gets on well with these stiffer reins. Another disadvantage is that the rubber can chafe the neck of sensitive horses, causing the coat to break off. In this case, especially during the time of the coat change, when the coat reacts very sensitively to friction, soft protectors and padded bridle accessories can be used. A lighter alternative is offered by rubberised reins with or without stops. These rubber reins in soft are made of a webbing material interwoven with rubber. Reins with rubber inserts are especially popular in dressage because they combine optimum grip with an elegant look.
The usual colour palette of leather and web reins is limited to simple earth tones. However, rubber reins are also available in colourful shades. Brown rubber reins and traditional black rubber reins are also available, but for those who prefer a more colourful look, Karlslund and Celtic Equine, for example, offer great colour alternatives.