I have a question for those of you that have made your own reins from
climbing or marine rope:
What methods have you used to attach the scissor snaps at the ends of the
I have tried various methods and non have proven satisfactory. Thanks.
The easiest way I use is to first pull about 4 inches of the core of
the rope out (do both ends at the SAME TIME), and snip off. Then
flatten the ends and melt with a match or sodering iron. Now, you
can put on your snaps, rubber martingale stops. if you want. Then I
simply attatch with narrow conway buckles (looks like a rectangle,
with a bar across the middle, with a small pin). The reins double
through this twice, and it is easy to separate the rope strands
around the point.
I prefer this method over splicing or knotting the rope, since it is
far easier to replace a broken snap, or change rubber stops.
I had bought a pair of rope reins from a local endurance supplier
and paid about $18. I was not really happy with it came with cheap
chromed scissor snaps and chromed conway buckles.
I did a little research, and for about $7, I bought 9 feet of rope,
and ordered some nice brass bolt snaps and conway buckles from our
local tack shop.
Jeffers carries the Conway buckles in several widths, but only the