[ noun ] one of a pair of long straps (usually connected to the bit or the headpiece) used to control a horse
Used in print(David Stacton, The Judges of the Secret Court....)
Payne dismounted in Madison_Place and handed the reins to Herold .(Stephen Longstreet, Eagles Where I Walk....)
He slapped the reins on the back of the powerful gray horse and held_on as the sulky 's wheels hit a pothole and came_out with a jolt and went_on .(Richard Ferber, Bitter Valley....)
She showed her surprise by tightening the reins and moving the gelding around so that she could get a better look at his face .
He took the reins just below the bit and held them firmly , and it was his turn to smile now .
[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 11968