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Rein and bridle hardware: Here’s what you need to know

There’s no question we provide a wide variety of bit end options when you’re ordering a bridle or set of reins. Once in a while, we’ll get questions about the styles of hardware we offer on the bit ends of our bridle headstalls or the bit ends of our reins.

The photos below give a good demonstration of your options. All our tack comes standard with stainless steel hardware, which is guaranteed not to rust, although you can request brass hardware.

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Many people are familiar with the scissor snaps and quick change snaps, both of which makes for easy on and off if you have to switch equipment frequently. Roller buckles have a rolling piece around the bottom that keeps the strap moving through the buckle as you fasten and unfasten.

Conway buckles are designed to be easy to work with, too, although people may be less familiar with them. To adjust, pull the strap to the desired spot through both sides of the buckle and tighten to drop the hole onto the prong. Pull both ends to tighten, or push them together to loosen. See a video here.

Chicago screws and leather ties are popular with our Western riders and provide a solid, reliable attachment. They can be easily turned with a screwdriver into the slot. Just make sure you tighten them every now and then for safety, and never glue them!

Leather ties provide a traditional look for Western riders, as well as being an extra safety feature. Also called water loops, the ties are attached to one side of each rein and are looped through the ring of the bit and tied back to the rein. Besides their aesthetic value, the ties also provide a breakaway option if a horse steps on the rein, so the tie will snap instead of doing damage to the rein. Quarter Horse News has a great article with instructions on the different type of knots you can use to tie these.

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Great Idea! Easy Hardware Replacement

Anyone who has horses realizes that they’re mischievous creatures, seemingly bound and determined to destroy tack, blankets, stall guards, wraps, bell boots, and sometimes even themselves. Although Two Horse Tack’s beta biothane halters, bridles, and breastcollars are super-durable, horses do occasionally manage to snap or exhaust hardware on our pieces.

For just this reason, we wanted to make sure it was easy for customers who chose snap ends for their reins to replace those snaps if they should break. That’s why we thread our snaps through the reins and buckle the reins together, rather than threading them through and stitching them down. We can replace hardware in tack which is stitched down (email us if you need a repair!) but it takes longer and can be slightly more expensive than replacing the snap yourself.

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As shown here, you simply need to undo Conway buckles (if you’re not familiar with Conway buckles, see this tutorial here), thread on the new hardware, and rebuckle. Simple, right? Now finding that lost bell boot/blanket strap/fly mask is a whole other venture…

Conway buckles–your new best friend!

In the course of dealing with customers who ride in lots of different disciplines, we’ve found that some of them are huge fans of Conway buckles, while others may never have seen them before.

It’s a little tricky to explain how they come together, so we put together this little video to show you how easy and secure they are to use: