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    09-06-2008, 09:39 AM
Side Reins?

Does anyone train with side reins? I've used them on other people's horses, so I know how to use them and the basic purpose...but when do you start using them?

I've got Scout going on the lunge nicely and think it may be time to start using the side reins, but I don't want to completely mess him up.....
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    09-06-2008, 10:13 AM
Side reins encourage the horse to work with contact and flexion. Also useful to ensure the horse is "straight" around the circle...not bulging out or falling in. Nice for warming up a horse prior to riding. I prefer sliding side reins or vienna reins for conditioning purposes on younger horses since they allow the horse to work lower. The lunging systems are also nice.

With a young horse, I wouldn't start using any of these tools until the horse lunges well and ground drives. And like any type of excercise, start slowly and build up over time. Start loose and don't use the side reins every day from the get go. Start with short sessions and increase the length slowly. Always begin and end your sessions with free lunging.
    09-06-2008, 09:18 PM
I use side reins to lunge my horse. I personally think they're a great aid. My mare doesn't like to move straight, she like to twist a squirrel her way out of moving correctly... mostly because she's lazy and it's easier to squirrel around in circle, then to frame up and move out. I love side reins, because the help the horse move in the correct direction/position, and encourage the horse to move into the bit. I love the elasticity, it's really helped my horse soften.

As Sara said, I wouldn't start you horse with them just yet. Get him to where lunging is embedded into him before you try anything with him. And when you do incorporate side reins into lunging, start out very loose, so that in the beginning, they're just attached to him, not really reinforcing anything, and slowly, you can bring it up, one hole at a time. Don't try to get him into any sort of 'up' frame... you'll run into trouble. You want the side reins to be soft in his mouth, and to encourage rather than force him to set his head and work through his back.
    09-08-2008, 10:29 PM
Sidereins are great for lunging to strengthen the back muscles and teach flexion of the neck. However I would not mess with them unless you're being supervised by a trainer. Things can go south quick with sidereins being too tight, not on right, wrong angles etc.

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