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    11-19-2009, 01:56 PM
Loose Reins

So when I ride, I have this thing where I like to keep loose reins. When someone forces me into keeping contact, im fine, but when I school at home I have this problem of wanting to keep my reins really loose. Bear is out of work right now, and will be until late Dec./early Jan. When he comes back into work we will be doing dressage until mid spring (and some western if I can get my western trainer out at all), then I will start jumping him. I want to get him schooling 1st/2nd level movements (will only be showing intro/training this year). But I really do need to work on his collection. I finally figured out how to, but it is very western pleasure style. I watched a dressage clinic yesterday and learned a lot about collection. So I know how to (I am going to have a trainer with me before I start really messing around with the collectoin), but I just don't hold contact well.

Do you guys have any tips that have helped you or other riders?
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    11-19-2009, 07:44 PM
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    11-20-2009, 01:04 AM
Get some coloured elastic bands or similar, then with your trainer, find points on the reins that you need to be carying them and mark them with different coloured bands. So say a length for warming up mark them yellow, then a length for when you start asking him to round up mark them red etc. It's not totally ideal as rein contact does need to change depending on the situation, however it will give you the idea or where you need to have your reins ;)

As for learning about collection at a clinic on the ground. Yes you can learn a few tips, but horses are different and what may have worked for one persons horse may not work for yours. Collection isn't something you can just get up one day and decide to do. It happens over time, you can work a horse in collection for only a fewminutes initially then work up to longer periods because of the different muscle groups required.
    11-21-2009, 06:52 PM
I only ride western, so naturally I ride with loose reins, lol :/ so I am not much help, sorry!
    11-21-2009, 10:18 PM
Buy some of these, and have your trainer pick a color. =] When I worked at a therapy barn, we only ever used these, because it's so much easier to tell a kid to hold the yellow then it is to tell them to shorten their reins. =]

    11-21-2009, 11:00 PM
I will look into those ricci, I used to use them as a lesson-kiddy. :p
And no worries Chevy! (:
Good idea Kayty, I will look into that. (:

Any other ideas anyone?
    11-29-2009, 02:20 PM
When I walk any of my horses I keep a loose rein, but when it comes to trotting or cantering I like to have contact with my horses mouth.....even though I ride western. Now when it comes to competiting or running in rodeos, I always ride with loose reins....but then again I ride with gaming reins, so its alot easier especially since the reins are alot shorter.
    11-29-2009, 07:25 PM
Green Broke
I ABHORE rubber reins, they seem to slip out of my hands. I would just think while you are riding "Do I feel the horses mouth in my hands?" Always helps me
    12-08-2009, 02:47 PM
Originally Posted by riccil0ve    
Buy some of these, and have your trainer pick a color. =] When I worked at a therapy barn, we only ever used these, because it's so much easier to tell a kid to hold the yellow then it is to tell them to shorten their reins. =]

Very cool I need some of these for my boys!
    12-08-2009, 03:10 PM
I have that habit too! Remember that if your reins are slipping, chances are you are sitting ON the horse, not WITH the horse. It is very easy with a horse that is behind the leg to sit back and let the rains slide. Don't think hold the reins, think push the horse INTO the reins. Make them hold the contact, not you shortening the reins to find a false contact.

Same thing for jumping. My trainer always says don't chase the horse the to jump, make them pull you to the jump.. Create the pull with leg into hand, not hand by itself.

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