Melting Reins

So, I have a pair of those rubber-grip type reins. They’re a few years old and perhaps are just on their last legs. But they’re kinda melting. At first I thought this just might be a result of the heat, but I had a friend tell me a few days ago that fly spray can make them melt. Who knew?

You’d think the inventors of these reins would have realized that they most likely would be touching a horse that’s been sprayed with fly spray. Has anyone else had this problem? Is there any way to fix it? If I were to buy a new pair is there any fly spray that won’t cause them to melt?

4 Responses to Melting Reins

  1. sportymorgan says:

    Unfortunately the same thing happened to me, with a very expensive set of rubber-lined reins from Jerry’s Harness. The actual rubber reins (rubber on both sides, usually with a “pimpled” pattern) don’t tend to do this as badly. I’ve switched to reins with hand stops, which provide a certain amount of grip.

  2. RaeOfLight says:

    I don’t remember where I got mine, but I don’t think they were incredibly expensive. It just seems silly to have to replace reins after only a few years of use. I’ll probably go back to plain or braided reins when I replace these.

  3. Tea says:

    I have those rubber-lined Jerry’s Harness reins. Have had them for years. They live at the barn in all temperatures (hot, cold and everything in between). They are exposed to all manner of fly spray and are still in great condition. That’s too bad about your pair, Sportymorgan.

    I had the red/brick colored rubber reins years and years ago that melted. It was pretty messy. I also had a pair of white rubber reins that held up pretty well.

    Tha said, I wouldn’t trade my Jerry’s for anything!

  4. finfig says:

    I went to buy a pair last year and found four pair on the rack “melted”. They were expensive and being kept in an air-conditioned store, I changed my mind on wanting a pair.

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