CC Logo

Attaching & Using Rein Chains

CC Bosal
Home Range
Products & Services
Pony Express
Gift Corral
CA Bridle Horse Insights
CA Hackamore Horse Insights
Snaffle Horse Insights
A Rawhider's Journal
Informative Videos
Useful Links
Trail Tales
About Us
Ordering Information

Rein chains are used with romal reins, NOT with split reins. They serve several purposes:

a. chains help to balance the romal reins adding weight and feel (as do the buttons) to the reins,

b. chains aid in keeping the romal reins drier when a horse drinks,

c. chains protect the romal reins themselves when a horse (or other critter) chews,

d. chains should break before the romal reins do in an emergency especially if used with rein connectors.*

*Our CC rein connectors (Aaron developed the finished edge button style originally) are inexpensive. They attach the rein chain to the romal reins (not the bit end). They don't tend to hang up or interrupt the communication signal. In an emergency, the connectors should break early sparing your romal reins.

Commercial romal reins often come with braided connectors which are very strong and can cause increased damage in a wreck. They can twist and deaden signals to the horse.

The rein chains attach to the bit stirrups, stirrups with clevises (swivels threaded through the bottom of the stirrups---columpios) or the rings (ganchos). Do it yourself, or find a guy with a vice or two pairs of heavy pliers. Open the S hooks at the end of the rein chains and then closes them on the bit rings, through the stirrups or the clevises.

Scissor clips and any other type of snaps came about in the arena for fast changing of reins and other gear between horses, bits or riders. Some also use the clips if their horses have a lot of movement in their strides. They tend to cut down on the swing and sway of the chains and/or reins.

We don't like this practice because they:

1. don't allow for rein chains which help with balance and sway and serve to protect the romal reins,

2. often twist and also deaden the signal sent through the reins so feel of the signal can be impaired,

3. tend to gum up, rust or other "horrors" over time,

4. in an emergency, they can hang up more than clevises on your bit and, if using a slobber bar, they may hold more than ganchos,

5. they are not traditional.



Copyright 1996-2019.
All information and screens appearing on this Site including documents, services, site design, text, graphics, logos, images and icons, as well as the selection and arrangement thereof, are the sole property of Dorothy L. Rogers unless otherwise specified.
Except as otherwise required by applicable law, any reproduction, distribution, modification, retransmission, or publication of any copyrighted material is strictly prohibited without the express written consent of the copyright owner
All rights not expressly granted herein are reserved.

Have questions or need information?
You can email us at or call us at 805-434-3858.
If you are calling and we are out, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.