OK. Gulp. My new-ish trainer -- in addition to having me get new reins with spaced rein stops -- has asked me to get a grab strap. Which I have always called a cheater strap. She says I should use this to establish a "side-rein connection" with my horse, to "help" him establish a better head set.
Now, my OTTB is a bit of a handful, and I swear he always gets a little EXTRA energetic when he senses that it's Kentucky Derby time, but I'm starting to feel like I'm back to training wheels.
This trainer is older and definitely old school. I like her a lot and am learning a lot. But ... does anyone else use a cheater strap? What for?