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Post by fin on Thu Jun 17, 2010 3:29 pm

I've just received a pair of spirit reins that I ordered after following a thread on the Yahoo group. I contacted E Allan Buck and this is what he advised [The Cook and Barefoot bridles are not engineered to provide
constant light contact between horse and rider. The rein connectors are
a dangerous dead spot, horses can get away from a rider because of that
lack of contact.Also these and other bitless bridles do not allow the rider to
obtain lateral and longitudinal flexion. Also the increased padding is
really a detriment to contact.
My advice is simple, obtain continious rolled reins and get rid of
the rein connectors.
Maintain light constant contact with your fingers laying in the
plain of the withers...not thumbs up!
Soften your hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders as if you were
dancing.
Gentle shakes of the reins with gentle hold then release is the way
to school the horse....if it does not listen increase the shake and
pressure of the hold....the third time shake the head, hold firmly and
stop the horse.]
I wasn't expecting to notice much difference, but in fact I was delighted to find out that my schooling session went really well and my pony, Connor, responded to much lighter aids. I know it's just the first time, but so far, so good.
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Post by Cyndi on Thu Jun 17, 2010 6:58 pm

Very interesting! So, you have the Spirit Bridle along with the reins? Would like to see pics, because it's hard to find any info on-line besides drawings.

Glad that things seemed to go so well for you and Connor!!
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Post by fin on Thu Jun 24, 2010 5:03 pm

Hi cyndi, you can see pictures of the spirit bridle if you follow this link, http://cgi.ebay.com/Spirit-Bridle-Blk-LEATHER-original-BITLESS-BRIDLE-Horse-/300389501702?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item45f09c0b06. I don't have the spirit bridle, I use a Dr Cooks and a Barefoot (which has more padding on the noseband and poll). Now that I have used the spirit reins a bit more, I do prefer the feel they give. It's just a little difference but it suits me.
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Post by Cyndi on Thu Jun 24, 2010 5:57 pm

I would think that the rolled leather would release nicely. Very interesting.
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Post by Jo on Wed Jul 14, 2010 6:30 am

Hi - I havent been on for a long long time.... and just catching up - this is really interesting as I recently purchased 2 barefoot pony bridles - at the moment they are lead rein ponies but will look into this - thanks Fin
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Post by fin on Fri Jul 16, 2010 2:30 pm

Those pony barefoot bitless bridles are so cute! The spirit reins are well made and workmanlike, but a bit crude if you are used to English leatherwork. They look great on the barefoot bridle but a bit clumsy on the Dr Cooks. They weren't that expensive ($55) but the postage added a lot to the overall price. I have thought of converting the leather cross under straps from my barefoot bridle into spirit reins by removing the rings and stitching them to an ordinary pair of reins. I really do prefer these reins to the other crossunder straps and think they are a great improvement on the flat crossunder straps of the original Dr Cooks as the release is much faster.
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Post by spirithorse8 on Sat Jul 31, 2010 2:36 pm

Fin;
I am glad the reins are working for you.
If you have any questions on operations you know you can contact me direct.
Allan

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Post by fin on Mon Aug 02, 2010 3:00 pm

Thanks for your advice, spirithorse. I've been using the spirit reins alot, mostly for hacking, and would not go back to the reins with the connectors.
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Post by elmayco on Wed Aug 04, 2010 3:19 pm

Very interested in this, can you get them to go on a dr cooks and can you get synthetic ones?

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Post by Jo on Thu Aug 05, 2010 12:29 pm

Hi Fin,
the bridles are cute - as are the saddles - We have a pink saddle for Lucy and a blue one for Ginger...... which go with the pink and blue bridles!!!
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Post by fin on Mon Aug 09, 2010 3:59 pm

Hi Elmayco. The spirit reins work on any form of crossunder bridle including the dr cooks. You just have to specify the size of buckle to attach the reins to the headpiece when you order.

Hi Jo. I bet those ponies look really cute in their matching saddles and bridles!
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Post by elmayco on Tue Aug 10, 2010 12:23 pm

Thanks Fin Smile Where can i get them from?

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Post by fin on Tue Aug 10, 2010 3:57 pm

[size=9]I emailed the manufacturer
Fronteques@aol.com . You have to be patient as they took a bit of time
to respond. Once I'd placed my order, the reins arrived quite quickly.
They don't do a lot of emailing like some companies (eg notifying you
of despatch dates) but were very honest and reasonable to deal with, so
don't worry if you don't get a lot of updates. They also have a
website http://www.frontierequestrian.com.
/getProduct.cfm?CatList=51. I've copied the information they sent me
initially, to save time.
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[size=9]Hello -
shipping for 2 sets is 48.00

Here is the pricelist for Spirit reins only





Genuine
Spirit Reins
only specify buckle in, ring, or snap on bridle end.
Brown beta
horse ,
cob , pony 50.00
Black beta horse
, cob , pony 50.00
Brown
beta Draft
58.00
Black beta
Draft 58.00
Brown
leather horse , cob , pony
55.00
Black leather horse , cob ,
pony 55.00
Brown leather Draft
65.00
Black leather
Draft 65.00




The special round
reins promote
better communication as there is much less drag on the reins as the
fact that
they are round means less surface contatc with the rings on the
bridle. Our
reins are designed to buckle in the headpiece on the Spirit Bridle -
we will
need to know how your reins attach so we can make sure they are made
to work
with your bridle - a picture would be good also if possible.

thank you\

Brad
[/size]
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Post by Cyndi on Sat Jan 29, 2011 8:59 am

If you use the Spirit Reins with a Nurtural bridle, can you still use the "circle X", or would you have to remove it?
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Re: Spirit Reins

Post by fin on Tue Feb 01, 2011 6:04 pm

good question. I think you would have to remove it .
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Re: Spirit Reins

Post by Cyndi on Thu May 05, 2011 11:42 am

I found someone in Canada who makes a rein attachment in leather that looks like it's rolled, but it's not, so I was going to buy it and see if it felt "lighter" to use. However, I was measuring the existing rein attachment that is on my bridle this morning and discovered that in order to change it, I'd have to cut it, because there is no way the buckle can make it through the "circle-X" of the bridle Crying or Very sad I really don't want to cut my bridle or the circle-X, so that means that I can't use Spirit Reins either. Guess that makes up my mind for me.
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