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post #1 of 13 Old 04-26-2011, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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Balance Rein Question

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

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post #2 of 13 Old 04-26-2011, 02:24 PM
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IDK, haven't used one, but it looks gimick-y to me....

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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.

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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.
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This is the one I was looking at, actually, I should have posted it orginally:
Balance Rein - Woven - $52.95 - Tellington TTouch Training

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Bet you could make your own for cheaper.
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My trainer friend is going to let me use hers (for nothing, woo!).
I was just wondering if it made a difference. :)

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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.

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Gotcha, thanks :)

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Interesting. I found this article about the balance rein: http://www.tilleyfarm.co.uk/TTEAMBalanceRein.pdf

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