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post #1 of 11 Old 08-04-2008, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Hunter Rein...Help!

Hello, HorseForum...forum'ers.

I have several horses, all, initially, ridden in English. Most are draft horses, so I don't use them in my hunter/jumping classes (I'm a riding instructor [and hopefully will still be after the OB visit tomorrow!])...

Of course, for riding hunter, I teach my students hunter rein. Well... I haven't really used it in awhile, I've left that to the other instructors. BAM! Today I hear that I'll have a 2-month-long twice-a-week class for hunter/jumping... (Great, pregnant lady hauling jumps...)

Finally, to the point of this! ;) I was wondering if anyone could help me describe hunter rein to my students? I'm not really sure on how to tell them -- if any of this makes sense...

Thanks much,

Maggie

EDIT: Oh, sorry -- hadn't seen the Jumping sub-forum, but I'll keep this here for now...
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post #2 of 11 Old 08-05-2008, 04:04 PM
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Could you explain what you mean by "hunter rein"? Do you mean, direct reining?
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Could you explain what you mean by "hunter rein"? Do you mean, direct reining?
No, not direct reining; hunter rein, used only with a hunter bridle... You often turn the bit in circles... It's hard to explain!

I have, though, found out how to teach it from a friend of mine. Thanks for trying to help, though!

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post #4 of 11 Old 08-07-2008, 12:37 AM
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Could you explain it to us? I'm a bit confused with it, too.
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post #5 of 11 Old 08-07-2008, 01:12 PM
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I'd like to know too, I've never heard that term.
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I googled it and got nothing that told me what it was.

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Hi, guys!

Sorry that I haven't answered -- have been much too busy!

Hunter rein (maybe it's just local lingo?) is used with an English (usually hunter) bridle, and you make small circles with the reins, moving the bit in circles. It's initially more comfortable for the horse, too. Hard to explain -- sorry!

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Still unable to picture what you're on about, sorry. The clearest image I have in my mind is of some contraption a bit like a steam engine's wheels, where you push the reins forwards and backwards and the bit rotates like an axle ...

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Still unable to picture what you're on about, sorry. The clearest image I have in my mind is of some contraption a bit like a steam engine's wheels, where you push the reins forwards and backwards and the bit rotates like an axle ...
Well, that's somewhat like it! Although it looks nothing like that on a steam engine... ;)

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o_O Why on earth would you want to do that?

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