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    04-26-2011, 03:15 PM
Green Broke
Balance Rein Question

Has anyone used one of these? If so, how did it work for you?
Balance Rein | enlightened horsemanship through touch

Thanks in advance.
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    04-26-2011, 03:24 PM
IDK, haven't used one, but it looks gimick-y to me....
    04-26-2011, 03:25 PM
Green Broke
Maybe. I have had surprisingly good luck with TTouch in general though...which I was completely skeptical about at first.
Also the names of the 'moves' are stupid too, but it does work for my horse, at least.
    04-26-2011, 03:54 PM
I use one of the older TTouch balancing reins--made of stiff lariat rope--when riding bridleless. I've never used it for "balance." If I was going to use one for that purpose, I'd want flat leather.
    04-26-2011, 04:00 PM
Green Broke
This is the one I was looking at, actually, I should have posted it orginally:
Balance Rein - Woven - $52.95 - Tellington TTouch Training
    04-26-2011, 04:06 PM
Bet you could make your own for cheaper.
    04-26-2011, 04:08 PM
Green Broke
My trainer friend is going to let me use hers (for nothing, woo!).
I was just wondering if it made a difference. :)
    04-26-2011, 04:12 PM
Truthfully, it strikes me as a gimmick as well. A horse will only lift his shoulders, collect, and re-balance with pressure from that if that is what he's already been taught to do. Most other horses won't respond to it at all until they are taught. I think it could probably be a decent tool to keep a hard handed person from yanking on the horse's mouth but it still doesn't teach them to be soft, it just prevents their yanks from getting to the bit.

I have used something similar when riding bridleless but I honestly don't see a reason to spend that much on something that is really nothing more than a length of rope that you could make yourself for less than $5.
    04-26-2011, 04:15 PM
Green Broke
Gotcha, thanks :)
    04-26-2011, 04:36 PM
Interesting. I found this article about the balance rein:

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