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Sorting out our beta biothane options

Most of what we sell in our shop is tack made from beta biothane, but recently we’ve added a new type of beta. If you’re trying to decide which type is best for you, we may be able to help.

Our Standard Beta Biothane is one generation removed from biothane, which you may be familiar with as one of the original synthetic materials that became popular for horse tack years ago. Biothane, which we use only for color overlays, often has a shiny finish to it and can sometimes be a bit stiffer than leather.

Our stirrup leathers in our ever-popular beta biothane

Beta biothane, which is the primary material we carry, is a coated nylon material. It has more of a matte finish to its color and is soft and pliable. People like this material because of the wide variety of colors and shades it comes in. It’s waterproof and fadeproof, which makes it much easier to care for than conventional leather.

There are a variety of different types of biothane and beta biothane material. For industrial purposes, many of their names include a number that indicate different varieties. We’ve recently begun offering products made from 580 beta biothane, which we’re calling Better Than Leather. We think this subtype of beta biothane is even closer to having the feel and flexibility of leather.

Our Better Than Leather material, shown here in a close-up of reins

Those of us familiar with both materials generally find Better Than Leather to be more akin to freshly-oiled, high quality leather — the surface of the material has a soft sheen to it and it’s slightly softer and more pliable in terms of its flexibility. We offer all our halter, bridle, and breastcollar designs in Better Than Leather as well as our usual beta biothane. Better Than Leather is available only in brown and black, and is a great choice for someone who wants a traditional look with the perks of an unconventional material.

We’ll help you get a grip…on your reins.

“Without question, the super grip is my favorite part of these reins. With and without gloves in dry and wet conditions, it lives up to it’s namesake and provides superior grip. When you’ve got a horse like Q who tends to lean into the bridle and go heavily on the forehand as her first and most favorite evasion, having a secure grip is critical!”

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Everyone loves our super grip reins — the perfect mix of color and safety.

Liz Stout at the In Omnia Paratus blog recently reviewed our reins with super grip overlay. Check out the rest of her thoughts here.

Reins that are pony-tested, pony-approved

In many ways, reins are the most important pieces of safety equipment you have. That’s why it’s important they both be 1) strong and 2) unlikely to slip through your fingers.

Ashley at the Go Pony blog recently reviewed our riding reins with Super Grip overlay, and we’re happy to say she found them as tough as we do.

If you’re a competitive trail or endurance rider, take a peek at the Go Pony blog. Ashley has done it all in the equine world – Western, English, and now endurance with her two ponies, Mimi and Liberty.

“The super-grip is really comfortable, and the grip is pony-tested — this is the only thing I can use on her that won’t rub blisters on my fingers.

Like all beta, it is ridiculously easy to take care of — wipe down, spray, or dunk in a bucket, and let drip dry.

Overall, I found them to be a very solid option, and very budget-friendly. Turnaround time was incredibly fast; the reins were shipped out the next day after I ordered them.”

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Get your own set of beta biothane reins here.

See the full review here.

Your reins can help you get a grip!

With the hot weather steaming up time in the saddle, who couldn’t use a little help keeping a grip on their reins?

That’s why we offer a Super Grip overlay on our beta biothane reins. Karen over at the Patently Bay blog recently reviewed our Super Grip reins and was pleasantly surprised at how well they held up in hot and misty weather.

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A close-up of our Super Grip coating

What impressed me about the super grip material? It never gets slippery. Really. The first two times I used these reins, it was misting and/or sprinkling and the reins got wet (with the rest of my tack). I figured they’d slip through my hands since I didn’t even have gloves on but nope!

You have your choice of brown, black, or orange Super Grip added to any set of reins for just $5 extra. Five dollars isn’t much for the added safety and convenience this material gives.

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A set of yellow reins with black Super-Grip

Read Karen’s full review here.

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Yellow reins with black Super-Grip

Hello, Handsome!

We were excited to get these great images from Kim of her with Tadpole after a recent trail ride. Tadpole was accepted into the IDHA as a Drum Horse, and takes his gear on the road with him to horse archery clinics and will be headed to the GA Draft Horse Show this weekend, too. 

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Tadpole is wearing our English Convert-a-Bridle (starting at just $40!) and reins with Super Grip overlay (starting at $20).