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        09-13-2013, 09:55 PM
    I teach my kids about the give and take for direct rein by using a door. Less stressful for the horse and for me lol. Hook the reins on each side of the door knob then have her get the door swinging smoothly it won't work if she pulls both reins at the same time. I have them practice to see how little movement they can do with their hands to keep the door going smoothly, eventually they figure out that just the slightest amount of pressure will move the door meaning the smallest amount of pressure will move the horse. You can use a gate too but I have had better luck with the door.
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        09-13-2013, 10:02 PM
    I don't know if anyones mentioned this already but tell her to steer like its a bicycle. An exaggerated bicycle lol
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        09-13-2013, 10:54 PM
    Cool! I've played around with and tried some of your suggestions this evening, and some of them really do get the point across. I'll let you all know what actually works for her on Wednesday. I'm not going to rush her. We'll try everything until we find something that clicks for her. She has to get this down really well before we can move forward.
        09-14-2013, 03:00 PM
    I was taught to stear like I would when riding a bike. As one hand goes back, the other goes forward. Pretend to be holding the strearing bars of the bike.
        09-16-2013, 10:12 PM
    I like the idea of the barefoot chair thing. Or have her sit in a chair holding the reins while you are the horse. When she doesn't have to worry about what the horse is actually doing she can focus on just her hands. Take turns being the horse so she can feel what the horse does, too.
        09-17-2013, 11:09 AM
    Why do you want to teach direct rein (of opposition)? (which is use one backward and let the other loose)? Certainly NOT like riding a bike. What she is doing is a combination of leading and bearing. Which then can be divided into the effects. And opening/leading rein from the elbow can be shown, and a neck rein (counter bending) can be shown. Each have a place.

    Don't know her age but this is a good place to start:Glenshee Equestrian Centre: The Five Rein Aids: Introduction
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        09-18-2013, 08:32 PM
    My trainer takes baling twine and loosely ties it in a circle around the horses neck, about as far up as the hands should be. She then makes you grab onto the twine with the reins and weave the horse through poles/cones. It forces you to keep your hands on either side, instead of crossing them over the withers when asking for a turn

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