Found this in a book on Cowboys-an old west cowboy describing leather reins in his own words-
"Reins are the two leather rawhide or horsehair lines runnin’ from the bit ring to the riders hand used to guide and control the horse.
There are 2 types of reins-but many styles –the flat leather, buckled onto the bit. The other’s braided rawhide with romal and is attached to the bit by “bit” chains or “bridle” chains. These are short pieces of chain fastened to the bit ring on one end and the reins on the other end. Some riders like chains because the reins don’t get wet when the horse drinks, also keeps the horse from chewin’ the reins.
This rawhide Romal rein has the the finest 12 plait Braiding we have found! Hand Braided in the Old Traditional California Style Buttons. Each Natural Rawhide strand is beveled on both sides for a smooth, comfortable feel on the reins and romal. The popper is hand basket stamped and braided. The rein portion is the traditional full 52" long.
These fine Quality Split Lined Reins are sure to become your favorite! They are handcrafted from Quality Hermann Oak Leather.
The split reins are Double and Sewn Harness Leather with soft chap lining, Oiled and Hand Rubbed for that superior soft and supple "broke in" feel-the best on the planet! These reins have uniform balance through out the complete length. We take care to cut the reins side by side so they are PAIRED together BORN together for that exact same feel & weight for the ultimate signal and communication! Available in 1/2" , 3/4" and 5/8" widths and 7' or 8' lengths. Oiled regular harness or black oiled. These split reins are great for reining, cutting, trail riding and stock horse events.
This is the only Rein of its kind on the market!
"You should be very particular when choosing a pair of leather horse reins. They are used as the line of communication that passes your signals to your horse. Without a doubt the reins need to feel good in your hands and good to your horse. They must have life to them so when communicating thru them your horse has a clear understanding of what you are asking them to do. There is no substitution for quality when choosing the correct set of reins for you and your horse. They are exposed to the elements on a continual basis, so poor quality reins will suffer by losing their life over time and diminish the feel between you and your horse. Whatever phase you are experiencing in your horsemanship journey, good quality American made tack is an essential part in leading you and your horse to the next level. For a deeper and more refined alive communication choose Buckaroo Leather reins.".....John Brand