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  • Grass reins for horses
  • Anti grazing reins good or bad

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    01-03-2013, 03:27 PM
  #1
Weanling
I don't usually revert to tack to fix problems but..

I am not one of those people who think everything can be solved with a stronger bit, more tack and equipment ect, but I was looking through a tack site and saw Anti-Grazing device.
Kincade Anti-Grazing Device

They attach to the crown of the bridle, not the bit.
My mare has a pretty bad habit of wanting to graze while I'm riding, and I don't want to constantly be pulling on the bit to get her head up, its almost a constant struggle if we are in a grassy area.

Would the anti-grazing reins be worth a shot? Or would it do nothing once I take it off? I don't want her to have to wear it all the time, just until she learns. I really hate pulling on her mouth anymore than necessary, but if these won't work then I'd rather not waste my money.
Thanks in advance (:
     
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    01-03-2013, 03:30 PM
  #2
Green Broke
If that bugs you, I would try it. Try it at home, first, so you don't have any problems on the trail. =D
     
    01-03-2013, 03:32 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Looks like a good way to teach them to rear.

Why not just carry a dressage whip to tap their face with? Use that with gently pulling reins and using leg for forward movement.
     
    01-03-2013, 03:44 PM
  #4
Green Broke
I can't see the picture too clearly on my phone but is it a daisy rein? Those seem to work really well - they put pressure when the head drops and release when the head resumes normal position.
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    01-03-2013, 03:53 PM
  #5
Started
And if the horse has to lunge while climbing up hill or trips it yanks the pole strap and there fore the bit back. Ouch.

When your horse goes to eat, ancor one hand on the saddle, much harder for them to fight just one side.
     
    01-03-2013, 03:57 PM
  #6
Banned
Forget pulling her head up and spank her butt forward.....chase her off the grass...
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    01-03-2013, 04:08 PM
  #7
Trained
Only time I have seen those used is for little kids not strong enough, or who do not know enough, to pull up a stubborn pony. Otherwise-be a leader. Sorry. Horse needs a good swat. Whatever you are doing to correct her is obviously not enough to make the mare think twice before eating.
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    01-03-2013, 04:21 PM
  #8
Trained
LOL, much cheaper to use the old fashioned method, grass reins



Only we made ours out of baler twine. As others have said though, only ever for little kids on ponies, for bigger people, take an attitude adjuster with you and use it......
     
    01-03-2013, 05:10 PM
  #9
Weanling
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Originally Posted by BlueSpark    
and if the horse has to lunge while climbing up hill or trips it yanks the pole strap and there fore the bit back. Ouch.
I would only use it while in flat, grassy land until we overcame the problem. It wouldn't be permanent by any means.

Its not that I physically can't get her head up, I can, and I can keep her from reaching the ground easily, I just hate having to pull on her mouth.
As to everyone who said make her run, that does not work with her. Any type of running is basically reward, she likes to go, go, go. Otherwise I would use that.
I don't do any type of hitting, even 'lightly' with horses, especially on the face. Unless it was something really dangerous like kicking.

Thank you for the advice though (:
     
    01-03-2013, 05:22 PM
  #10
Green Broke
It's not that you need to make her run. Just get her feet moving. Turn her in circles, back her up, etc. get her mind focused on you and working instead of eating.
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