Mule Riding – Split Reins vs Single Reins

Steve Edwards: I have got clients that they let their mules get their head down and get a drink, the mule got his foot hung up in the reins, they flipped over.

Dave Shrein: I just want to know, Steve, why split reins? You always talk about riding with split reins. Why split reins?

Steve Edwards: Okay. Split reins, the right goes over the left and they cross, and you hold it in the middle, all right? Why split reins? It’s the safest way to ride. You see all the time, people with one rein. That one rein is going to get hurt. I have got clients that they let their mules get their head down to get a drink, the mule’s got his foot hung up in the rein, they flipped over. That’s not a pretty sight. Split reins, if you lose one rein you’ve still got another. If they cross they actually end up being like one rein, but it’s the safest way to hold on to reins. It’s the safest rein to have.