A decent lunge rein, also known as a lungeing or lunging line, is a staple of most horse rider’s tack room. Not only is a lunge rein the most integral piece of kit needed for lungeing a horse, it’s also handy to use when long-reining or leading some horses out in hand, as it allows for more distance between the horse and handler without having to let go.
Lunge lines come in different lengths, and opting for one that is long enough to enable you to lunge your horse up to a 20m circle is a popular choice. Generally, a lunge rein has a loop handle for you to hold at one end (but never put your whole hand through it) and a clip at the other end to attach to your horse’s bridle or cavesson. Some brands will incorporate additional touches, such as distance markers, additional padding for comfort, or special clips.
Correct lungeing is a skill that needs to be learned, practised and honed by both you and your horse. So as well as making sure you’re using the right lungeing aids and kit, you’ll need to ensure your technique is up to scratch too.
Shop for a lunge rein
Cushion Web Lunge Line
Colours: Black, navy, red, purple, pink, raspberry, blue, orange, green, forest, grey, navy/ red, navy/ pink, navy/ Cambridge
This soft tubular nylon web lunge rein features a swivel trigger clip at one end and a hand loop at the other.
Buying in the UK? RRP £9.99 Purchase here
Cottage Craft Comfyweb Lunge Line with Markers
This Comfyweb lunge rein has a handle loop and high-quality anti-rust trigger clip. It features 10m, 15m and 20m markers so that handlers can accurately work their horse to the desired circle size.
Buying in the UK? RRP £27.49 Purchase here
Horze Lunging Line
Colours: Dark blue, raspberry pink, turquoise blue
The Horze lunging line is made from soft, cushioned webbing material. The big durable snap ensures that it is safely connected to the lunging delta. The material offers an easy, secure grip.
Buying in the UK? RRP £10.99 Purchase here
Buying in the USA? RRP $16.99 Purchase here
Kavalkade Grip Lunging Line
This lunge line is made with rubberised rein material (without stop ridges) for improved grip and better handling. It has a loop at one end and clip at the other.
Buying in the UK? RRP £29.99 Purchase here
SHOWMASTER Lunge Rein Quick Change
Colours: Black, mulberry, marine, oregano
This softly padded lunge rein is made from polyester, which the manufacturer states will not burn the skin. The unique design means the clip is easy to switch if necessary, as it is pulled through a loop rather than sewn on.
Buying in the UK? RRP £13.90 Purchase here
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EquiAmi Lunge Line
This lunge line is soft and padded with an extra-heavy weight solid brass swivel clip. The line features markers for 10m, 15m and 20m circles, which take into account the lower arm of the user. It comes in a hessian storage bag.
RRP £24.99 Purchase here
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Shop for a double lunge rein
Riders who are experienced at lungeing a horse may choose to use two lunge reins, with the second rein attaching to the outside of the horse’s bridle or cavesson, passing through the roller and running around the quarters, back to the handler’s hand. A double lunge rein helps achieve true engagement of the horse’s back end and a correct way of working without the weight of a rider on the horse’s back. However, it does require a high level of training on the handler’s part in order to do it correctly and safely.
Waldhausen Double Lunge Line
The rear part of this double lunge line has flat webbing which sits comfortably in the hand, and rotating carabiners attached with leather reinforcement. The front parts are plaited nylon which run easily through the guide pulley (sold separately).
Buying in the UK? RRP £28.43 Purchase here
Buying in the USA? RRP $38.88 Purchase here
SHOWMASTER Double Lunge Rein Innovation
This innovative double lunge rein consists of three parts. Thanks to the three snaps and the D-ring in the middle, it can be used as a double lunge rein, long reins and also as a single lunge line.
Buying in the UK? RRP £36.90 Purchase here
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Imperial Riding Free Riding Double Lunge Line
This double lunge line is made from a soft cushioned material with rolled cord at each end and trigger clips.
Buying in the UK or Europe? RRP £29.95 ($30.14) Purchase here