First and foremost: I do NOT know how to properly use draw reins, and therefore I am in no way planning on trying to self-teach myself and risk messing up what I have worked so hard on with Beau. Ever.
Anyhow. I got into a .. heated discussion with a user on a non horse-related site that I frequently visit. She is a huge advocate of draw reins, trying to tell me how simple to use they are and how it only took three weeks to get her gelding collected, etc. Regardless of what she says, I'm not buying into it. I have no desire to use them on my horse, so that's out of the question. Indeed, I stated this several times, quite clearly. However, this person kept trying to press on me how ~*~amazing~*~ these things are, trying to convince me that yes I should use them because they are indeed the cure-all for collection.
As much as I tried to explain that collection sure as hell doesn't come in three weeks, and from EVERYTHING I have heard, 99% of the time, especially with people who DON'T know how to use them (like myself), all they do is create a false headset, hollow back, and possible dependency on them, she would not, I repeat WOULD NOT give in.
Maybe, possibly, if I had someone who really truly knew the PROPER way to use draw reins to teach me, then I would begin to even consider it. However, at this moment in time, the answer is no.
So tell me, HF users. What are your opinions on draw reins?
*Please excuse the half-rant nature of this post.
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