Bucas has launched a new “shock-stop” lead rein.

“The lead rein is designed to be used on horses who are a bit exuberant or on youngsters who have yet to respect the confines of being led,” said a spokesman for Bucas.

It is cushioned and has a heavy duty elasticated shock absorber, which allows for movement but not too much that it interferes with the handler’s control.

If a horse pulls away quickly and unexpectedly the elastic shock-absorbing panel takes the impact and protects hands and arms from being wrenched.

The rope is 2m long, has an “easy-release” mechanism and comes in black or brown. It costs £13.

For more information visit: www.bucas.com