Oklahoma Style Romal Reins. 42″ long and available in 8, 12, or 16 plait.
A traditional Oklahoma style rein might have a pattern of five round buttons, a long barrel knot, five pineapple knots, and another barrel knot on each side, which provides substantial weight to the reins.
Rawhide reins are the ultimate combination of cowboy practicality and craftsmanship. Made with removable romals and always used with shanked bits, they are an integral part of traditional vaquero horsemanship. They are generally made in an 8 or 12 plait pattern, but can be made with as many as 34 plaits. Buttons are elaborate knots tied along the body of each side of the rein and on the romal in a pattern, serving both decorative and functional purposes. Buttons help keep the body of the reins out of a horse’s sweat, thereby extending the life of the reins, and to provide weight and feel for horse/rider communication. Ideally, the added weight on the reins allows for more subtle hand movements and helps facilitate the seemingly effortless teamwork of a cowboy and his finished bridle horse. Though every maker has button patterns they like to utilize, the most common are generally categorized as Oklahoma, California, and 60 button.