My 11 year old Irish warmblood gelding has very little formal training in an arena. He is very experienced in XC. Anyway, I am working with him to get his head down and vertical. "On the bit?". My coach suggested that I use draw reins which I have been using. But now my coach is no longer able to train me so I've been on my own. After an unfortunate incident a couple weeks ago to which I believe the draw reins contributed that ended up with my foot and knee badly bruised and me being unable to ride, I thought It would be a good time to research a bit about draw reins.
I have been using them once to twice per week, for maybe 15 minutes, tops. We started at walk, then moved on to trot, then only began to use them at a canter. I know not to use them over jumps.
I'd love to hear from some experienced riders on here what their thoughts are on draw reins and any tips for using them effectively and safely.