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post #11 of 21 Old 11-28-2011, 06:09 PM
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Here is young Max working in side reins, teaching him to work with a little contact

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post #12 of 21 Old 11-28-2011, 06:40 PM
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Here are just some pictures from google.



Here is with someone riding



And some people ride in them so they can act like draw reins...

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post #13 of 21 Old 11-28-2011, 06:43 PM
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Side reins are fine for lunging and for getting the horse used to a bit and reins, as well as trying to gain some mucsle so it will be easier for the horse to learn collection.

I do not recommend them for riding.

Did you say your horse has a problem for being hollow?

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post #14 of 21 Old 11-28-2011, 06:44 PM
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Ah I see... so is the purpose of them to collect the horse? Why would you choose to use them? Again appologies for sounding ignorant

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post #15 of 21 Old 11-28-2011, 06:46 PM
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That's interesting, The ones I posted, that is what I understand to be side reins, a very simple fixed rein, the ones that you have posted Ray seem to be more complicated?
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post #16 of 21 Old 11-28-2011, 06:49 PM
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Don't worry Perchies :) this is what a forum is for, learning new things :)

Not really to collect. Just to let them feel whee the "sweet spot" is. You are supposed to position them so the sweet spot is, the poll is only a little bit higher than the withers and for them to stretch into a comfortable contact with the bit.

Side reins are used for lunging to get the horse used to being ridden and bit contact.
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post #17 of 21 Old 11-28-2011, 06:50 PM
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I use them first of all to get youngsters used to having some contact on the bit. Ad they get used to that I gradually tighten them up so they learn to give to contact, I can then concentrate on getting them working forward, while they sort out themselves how to carry themselves.

When I start riding they are used to contact and it doesn't freak them out
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post #18 of 21 Old 11-28-2011, 06:50 PM
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Some pictures have a fixed side rein, some have a fixed side rein as well as extra lines to attatch to the girth or sircingle. Some use them like draw reins.

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post #19 of 21 Old 12-02-2011, 06:38 PM
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I would only lunge and line drive in them...some horses don't react well especially the first time, feel something on their heads holding them down and go over backwards. You could use draw reins or bungies when actually ride. My mare is lunged once a week with side reins to help build muscle and teach her contact without having to do the fighting myself (she's kind of a brat ;p)

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post #20 of 21 Old 12-02-2011, 08:10 PM
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I hate draw reins... Very few people know how to actually use them.
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