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post #21 of 42 Old 07-07-2011, 08:49 AM Thread Starter
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yes i realise that now :)

thanks everyone for your kind comments :)

i was using side reins because she always has her head right up, also this kind of side rein you actually have to use when in the saddle as the pressure comes from how tight you hold them.

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post #22 of 42 Old 07-07-2011, 09:05 AM
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i was using side reins because she always has her head right up
I remember you said someone gives you lesson on flat. Is it free or you pay for it? If you (I mean your parents, of course) pay for it, could you consider lessons with dressage trainer (may be not often, once/month or so) instead to get you in right direction with this issue? Head up is trainable if you know how to approach it.

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post #23 of 42 Old 07-07-2011, 09:06 AM
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Find out why her head is up first. You can train a horse to drop/relax at the poll with just your normal headset/reins.
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my trainer is trying to teach me.
Marlea is a VERY stubburn pony and when ever i try to make her put her head down or tuck it in she simply wont.

i was trying to write a poem about her just before while i was in bed (im not even aloud outside for 3 days!!!!!!!) and dad said hey i know one!

"marlea you are such a brat,
you through my daughter off just like that
so now i'll get a stick and you'll I beat
and send you off for dog meat"

So i wacked him...

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post #25 of 42 Old 07-07-2011, 11:16 AM
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Never, ever, ever ride in side reins. A horse's initial response to the pressure of side reins is usually to rear - that is actually very common.
MW, before you use equipment you aren't familiar with it is a good idea to consult with a professional (or this board, we're pretty knowledgable).
I am glad you weren't hurt badly, and hope you learned an important lesson.
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Folks, do you actually RIDE with side reins at all? In my understanding side reins are for lunging only.
Correct!
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Folks, do you actually RIDE with side reins at all? In my understanding side reins are for lunging only.
You *can* ride in them and I have. I recently rode my gelding in them but he's been lunged in them, doesn't have an issue or misbehave in them AND before I did, I lunged him in them, rode him for a while without them to ensure he was behaving extremely well and then I had my trainer on the ground with a lunge whip to drive him forward if needed.

Judging from her recent post, I don't think she was using side reins though, as you don't hold side reins, they attach to the girth and the bit. Sounding more like she had Draw Reins which I've never used but from my understanding are dangerous if you don't know how to properly use them.

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i was using side reins because she always has her head right up, also this kind of side rein you actually have to use when in the saddle as the pressure comes from how tight you hold them.
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It does sound like draw reins. Either way, she was using equipment without an instructor to teach her how to use them properly. She misused them, and got hurt as a result. This is NOT an atypical result when people use devices like this without knowing how to use them properly. She's very lucky to have come away from this as uninjured as she did. Very lucky.
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I agree, JDI.

I sure hope the bigger picture lesson has been learned.
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yes yes my lesson has been learned.

I don't think I'll ever use draw reins on her again (whether there is an intructor or not!)

Marlea is going to have a few days off now as my pa (who is a doctor) was discussing with mum last night that even though i dont have brain injury if i jump around, run or do anything 'active' then it could result in it

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