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Rope Options/Color Choices

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Hardware Options


Scroll down this page for descriptions and prices of loop reins with connectors.


I have prices listed for 9' reins made with the 3/8", 1/2", and 5/8" rope

  • For other lengths, add or subtract the per foot cost noted next to the price
  • Call or email for pricing on reins made with 3/4" rope
  • ​all pictures are of 1/2" rope unless otherwise noted

Simple loop on the left.   Figure 8 on the right.

9' Loop Reins with Crown Knot Button Loops

     - Loose Attachment

Choose:  diameter and color of rope for reins

               color of 1/4" rope for button loops

               color of braiding cord for sliding ring knots

​Price: add or subtract per foot price for other lengths

3/8" rope: $38.75   ±  $ .75/ft

1/2" rope: $43.00   ±  $1.00/ft

5/8" rope: $46.15   ±  $1.35/ft

   call or email for pricing on 3/4" rope

The usual choice of snaps is brass, nickel or stainless steel scissor snaps but I also have medium brass or nickel bolt snaps if you want a snap with a different type of opening.  Both types are swivel snaps so your reins will not get twisted and they all have about the same size opening for attaching to the bit, etc.


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9' Loop Reins with Pineapple Knot Button Loops (or Lone Star Knot) - Loose Attachment

Choose:  diameter and color of rope for reins

               color of 1/4" rope for button loops

               color of braiding cord for sliding ring knots

               colors of braiding cord for pineapple knots

​Price: add or subtract per foot price for other lengths

3/8" rope: $64.75   ±  $ .75/ft

1/2" rope: $69.00   ±  $1.00/ft

5/8" rope: $72.15   ±  $1.35/ft

   call or email for pricing on 3/4" rope

​​Leather Water Straps - Purchase Separately

​You can purchase water straps separately (leather lace included). I use a hemostat clamp to insert the lace through the rope so you will need some type of similar tool (needle nose pliers) to connect the water straps to rope reins.
$3.50 each
​​;  $7.00 for set of 2

Loop reins (sometimes called closed reins) are the style of choice for most natural horsemanship methods. They are a continuous piece of rope with both ends attached to the bit or rope halter, bosal, etc.  They make it easy to slide your hands down the reins for direct contact and to give immediate release.  You also don’t have to worry about dropping a split rein or deal with the extra rope of a mecate all the time. 

On this page, you will find reins with connectors that attach to bits, halter loops, sidepull rings, etc.  I make rope connectors and leather connectors - all of which can be used with or without snaps.  I can also splice snaps directly into the rope.  

All reins in this category can be used with or without snaps.

The usual choice of snaps on reins is the scissor snap.  I stock scissor snaps in stainless steel, brass or nickel.  I also have medium brass or nickel bolt snaps if you want a snap with a different type of opening.  Both kinds of snaps have a swivel ring so your reins will not get twisted and they all have about the same size opening for attaching to the bit, etc.  Please let me know if you want the finished length to include the snaps and I will adjust the rope length accordingly.


Price for a set of 2 snaps:  

  $3.00 for nickel or brass - scissor or bolt

  $8.00 for stainless steel scissor

Buckle Straps

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nickel snaps - 1/2' blue, 5/8" black

9' Loop Reins with Buckle Straps

     - Double-heart Braid 

Choose:  diameter and color of rope for reins

               color of leather for buckle straps

               nickel or brass for conway buckles

​Price: add or subtract per foot price for other lengths

3/8" rope: $35.75   ±  $ .75/ft

1/2" rope: $40.00   ±  $1.00/ft

5/8" rope: $43.15   ±  $1.35/ft

   call or email for pricing on 3/4" rope

​​​Rope Connectors

As with most of my products, I can add braided trim or knots to customize your reins.  This can be for identification, decoration or to mark specific places on the reins to aid in training the horse or the rider. Many customers request a center marker knot - a handy little addition!   Visit the Reins - Custom Trim Options for more information.


I can make loop reins in any length in a variety of rope diameters. ​  The usual length for loop reins is in the 9 - 10' range but I have made them as short as 6' and as long as 13'.  The most common diameter is 1/2".  I carry 3/8" rope for those who want something lighter and thinner - nice for kids or adults with small hands.  The 5/8" rope is a good choice for those wanting something a little thicker and more substantial in the hand.  The 3/4" rope is very thick and heavy but can be easier to hold for riders with arthritis.


The normal loop laid out flat is about 12" long.  Let me know if you want it longer or shorter.

Price:  

$8.00 for one crown knot button loop with 1 sliding ring knot
$16.00  for a set of 2 crown knot button loops,1 sliding ring knot on each loop


Lone Star Knot Buttons

9' Loop Reins with Spliced in Snaps

Choose:  diameter and color of rope for reins

               type and finish of snaps

​Price: add or subtract per foot price for other lengths

3/8" rope ±  $ .75/ft:

     $25.75   nickel or brass

     $30.75   stainless steel

1/2" rope ±  $1.00/ft:

     $30.00   nickel or brass

     $35.00   stainless steel 

5/8" rope ±  $1.35/ft:

     $33.15   nickel or brass

     $38.15   stainless steel  

call or email for pricing on 3/4" rope

The finished length of this type of reins is counted from end to end including the snaps.  Snaps are permanently attached to the rope with eye splices.  With this method, the snaps cannot be removed or replaced if broken. I recommend the stainless steel scissor snaps for this style because they are sturdier and will never rust.

This style creates a quick on/off and provides a swivel so your reins don't get twisted but extra care will be needed to guard against the snap being broken. Keeping your reins off the ground so they don't get stepped on and never tying up with your reins are good preventitive measures.

Loop Reins with Spliced In Snaps

Check List for ordering Loop Reins with connectors and/or snaps:

1. Length of reins

2. Diameter of rope

3. Color of rope

4. Type of connectors

  • rope button loops
  • leather buckle straps
  • leather water straps - deluxe
  • leather water straps - regular
  • spliced in snaps

5. Color of connectors​ - rope and sliding knots or leather and buckles, etc.

​6. Add snaps? If so, what type

7. Customization, if any (trim, knots, etc.)

The rope is back spliced, then the leather water straps are attached to the ends with leather laces that go through the rope.  Attach to bits, side pull rings, etc., or add snaps by untying/tying the leather laces - but be careful not to pull the laces out of the rope.  Make sure to keep the laces tied snuggly so the pull will be on the rope, not the leather laces.


These can be used with or without the brass, nickel or stainless steel scissor snaps (also brass or nickel bolt snaps) that I carry for reins.

   $3.00/set of 2 in brass or nickel;  $8.00/set of 2 in stainless steel

Snap options, left to right: medium nickel bolt, medium brass bolt, nickel scissor, brass scissor, stainless steel scissor snap next to ruler

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Permanent Attachment

I braid an additional ring knot around all strands of the button loop after I insert it through the eye of the rope.   This makes the button loop permanently attached but you can still slide the rope through the ring knot if you want to change where you want the button to end up.  You can also move things a little occasionally to change the wear pattern.  As with the loose attachment - you can choose the plain crown knot buttons or add the pineapple knots or lone star knots over the top of the crown knot.

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Thank you to my many customers for your support and loyalty!

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same place I've been for several years

Deadline to place an order for pick-up at the fair is March 22

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NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP PRODUCTS

9' Loop Reins with Buckle Straps

     - Leather Lace 

Choose:  diameter and color of rope for reins

               color of leather for buckle straps

               nickel or brass for conway buckles

​Price: add or subtract per foot price for other lengths

3/8" rope: $33.75   ±  $ .75/ft

1/2" rope: $38.00   ±  $1.00/ft

5/8" rope: $41.15   ±  $1.35/ft

   call or email for pricing on 3/4" rope

​​​​Crown Knot Button Loops


A quick, easy way to attach reins to bits or halter loops without having to deal with leather maintenance or hardware! Great for areas that are very humid (leather can mold or rot, hardware can rust) or very dry (cracked leather).


The button loops are attached through eye splices on the ends of the rope - any diameter of rope for the reins will work with this style.  I make the button loops with matching or contrasting 1/4"  rope (soft double braid only) by tying what I call a crown knot with the ends.  This is a unique knot that I came up with myself.  The rope ends are secured by melting -- but on the sides of the knot instead of the top.  So instead of a hard melted glob, there is a nice "crown" of rope that makes a button on the end of the loop.  I then add a
 braided ring knot that slides to open and close the "button hole".  


The loop end with the sliding knot should fit through most bit rings (at least 3/4" diameter).  The usual length of button loops is about  4" long (after attaching to reins) but I can make them shorter if you are using a full cheek snaffle so they won't interfere with the bars.  I can also make them longer.  You can also add snaps.


Below are options for how you can have your button loops attached and also if you want them "plain" or "fancy".  

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Click here to seeRope and Cord Optionsfor the loops, knots, etc.

How long should you order your reins?
​The finished length of these types of reins is counted from end to end - including any and all connectors.  When ordering reins, please specify the total length desired - bit to bit, noseband to noseband, etc.  I will adjust the length of the rope according to the type of connector you want so they will come out to the correct length.  Since this is a handmade product, I cannot guarantee the reins will be exactly a certain length but they will be within 1 - 2". 

9' Loop Reins with Crown Knot Button Loops

     - Permanent Attachment

Choose:  diameter and color of rope for reins

               color of 1/4" rope for button loops

               color of braiding cord for sliding ring knots

​Price: add or subtract per foot price for other lengths

3/8" rope: $46.75   ±  $ .75/ft

1/2" rope: $51.00   ±  $1.00/ft

5/8" rope: $54.15   ±  $1.35/ft

   call or email for pricing on 3/4" rope

These are a combination of the buckle straps described above and the water straps described below.  They have the conway buckle for easy on/off and are permanently attached to back spliced reins.  Braiding cord goes through the rope and the leather straps and is secured with a double overhand knot.

Most people use these alone but you can add snaps:

  $3.00/set of 2 in brass or nickel;  $8.00/set of 2 in stainless steel



Water Straps

​​Loose Attachment

The eye splices on the ends of the rope are small enough so the connectors will not fall off but the button loops are "loose" so you can change the way you attach them (simple loop or figure 8) and therefore change the wear pattern. I braid the ring knot onto the button loop after I put it through the eye splice of the rope so while you can probably work it through the hole if you ever want or need to take them off, it will not come off on it's own.

Add scissor snaps or bolt snaps:  $3.00/set of 2 in brass or nickel;  $8.00/set of 2 in stainless steel (scissor only)

​​​​​​​​​​Unique Trim ~ Leather Accessories

Custom Orders

Rope Halters, Lead Ropes, Long Lines,

Reins, Sticks & Strings, Hackamores,

​ Headstalls, Mecates & More

LOOP REINS

with Connectors and/or Snaps

Pineapple Knot Buttons

You can customize your reins with pineapple knots or lone star knots.  I braid these decorative knots over the crown knots.  The medium pineapple knot is the best size.  I can also make the lone star knot (shown in the permanent attachment section) even though it is a bit smaller. These decorative knots are pretty pricey because of the time and skill involved in braiding them, but what a beautiful way to customize your reins!


Leather Connectors

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Photo Gallery of Reins with Button Loops

Crown Knot Button Loop - Purchase Separately

They work great as a snap alternative on a lead rope or as a replacement if your lead rope snap breaks.  Some customers have ordered a set to keep in their saddle bags for emergencies.  Others use them to attach things to their saddle, etc.

9' Loop Reins with Water Straps

Choose:  diameter and color of rope for reins

               color of leather for buckle straps

​Price: add or subtract per foot price for other lengths

3/8" rope: $21.75   ±  $ .75/ft

1/2" rope: $26.00   ±  $1.00/ft

5/8" rope: $29.15   ±  $1.35/ft

   call or email for pricing on 3/4" rope

​​Leather Buckle Straps - Purchase Separately

​You can purchase any of the styles separately - I can send directions on how to attach the double-heart braid straps.
$11.00 set of 2

9' Loop Reins with Pineapple Knot Button Loops (or Lone Star Knot) - Loose Attachment

Choose:  diameter and color of rope for reins

               color of 1/4" rope for button loops

               color of braiding cord for sliding ring knots

               colors of braiding cord for pineapple knots

​Price: add or subtract per foot price for other lengths

3/8" rope: $72.75   ±  $ .75/ft

1/2" rope: $77.00   ±  $1.00/ft

5/8" rope: $80.15   ±  $1.35/ft

   call or email for pricing on 3/4" rope

9' Loop Reins with Deluxe waterStraps

Choose:  diameter and color of rope for reins

               color of leather for buckle straps

​               nickel or brass for conway buckles

​Price: add or subtract per foot price for other lengths

3/8" rope: $31.75   ±  $ .75/ft

1/2" rope: $35.00   ±  $1.00/ft

5/8" rope: $38.15   ±  $1.35/ft

   call or email for pricing on 3/4" rope


9' Loop Reins with Buckle Straps

     - Chicago Screw ​(shown on 3/8" rope)

Choose:  diameter and color of rope for reins

               color of leather for buckle straps

​Price: add or subtract per foot price for other lengths

3/8" rope: $33.75   ±  $ .75/ft

1/2" rope: $38.00   ±  $1.00/ft

5/8" rope: $41.15   ±  $1.35/ft

   call or email for pricing on 3/4" rope

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Deluxe Water Straps

Snap options, left to right: medium nickel bolt, medium brass bolt, nickel scissor, brass scissor, stainless steel scissor snap

​​​​Leather connectors can be used alone or with snaps. The advantage of having leather connectors when using snaps is if a snap ever breaks (which all hardware tends to do, no matter the quality), it can easily be replaced and your reins are still useable.  I offer a few options for reins with leather connectors so you can choose what works best for your style of riding.

I make the connectors with 5/8" wide, heavy weight leather.  The ends are rounded and the edges are beveled but there is nothing fancy about them - no tooling, etc.  They are plain but sturdy and functional.

Leather options are black or burgundy Latigo leather;  dark brown or medium brown Bridle Strap leather. ​​

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Some people can have a set of reins for many years with no issues, others can have their reins for a month and break a snap. Accidents can happen.  If a snap does break (which can be a good thing in some instances), I can repair the reins but resplicing the rope will shorten them by about a foot.  This will change the spacing of any custom trim on the reins.

These act somewhat like mini slobber straps - creating a hinge with the reins. They are attached through eye splices at the ends of the reins and can be used with any diameter of rope.  Choose a solid brass or nickel-plated conway buckle.  They add about 4" to each end of the rope and are available in 3 styles:

  • Double-heart Braid (semi- permanently attached - you have to know how to do the double heart braid to re-attach them.)
  • Leather laces (easy to remove for cleaning) 
  • Chicago screw (easy to remove for cleaning)