Originally Posted by kitten_Val
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.