Rein Length

       The Horse Forum > Horse Breeds, Breeding, and Genetics > Horse Breeds > Gaited Horses

Rein Length

This is a discussion on Rein Length within the Gaited Horses forums, part of the Horse Breeds category
  • How long are gaited horse reins
  • Rein length for riding a gaited horse

LinkBack Thread Tools
    03-30-2014, 11:42 PM
Rein Length

Yes, I had developed a habit of the reins being too long. Now that I've shortened them up, I get better consistency , but how do I know I have the right length? Should I feel a contact? I don't want to ride her with her nose tucked in.
Sponsored Links
    03-31-2014, 07:55 AM
Originally Posted by princessfluffybritches    
Yes, I had developed a habit of the reins being too long. Now that I've shortened them up, I get better consistency , but how do I know I have the right length? Should I feel a contact? I don't want to ride her with her nose tucked in.
Like so many things, "it depends."

IMO the vast majority of gaited horses gait better while riding in contact. Some do OK on a loose rein but they are a clear minority.

One crucial question, of course, is "what are you doing with the horse?" If you're working stock then the loose rein is pretty much essential. Of course if you're working stock you're not worrying about "gait quality." If you're doing any sort of "ring work" where gait is likely being judged then riding in contact will be the rule of the day. On the trail you can actually move between contact and loose rein, as dictated by the terrain, activity, etc. Again, in times where you are loose rein due to local circumstance it's unlikely that "gait quality" will be a high priority.

How much contact do you want? The amount you need. Here the style in which you ride will be the determining factor. In the style I use mostly, preparing for the National Cavalry Competition, a sharp and quick response to input for any aid is essential (I may be in front of a column or part of a column and when you ride in a disciplined group of 60 horses you can't "screw around" or somebody will get hurt). Riding in a "gaggle" along the trail will also require a higher level of responsiveness from the horse but not so much as in the disciplined formation. Small group or solo riding will require the least.

So the answer to your question is "it depends."

    03-31-2014, 12:16 PM
Thanks. I am talking about ring riding where I practice working on the best gait possible. Behind the vertical is really ugly.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rein length? Nyxi Draft Horses 3 04-11-2014 10:21 PM
whip length and girth length? Rachel1786 Dressage 32 03-04-2013 05:10 PM
Rein Length nicole25 Horse Tack and Equipment 2 08-05-2011 10:20 AM
rein length justinebee Western Riding 11 04-14-2011 02:26 PM
Western Rein Length -- Help! cowgirl4jesus94 Horse Tack and Equipment 9 06-30-2008 10:34 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:04 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0