02-03-2011, 09:24 PM
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I think the aids are more similar to when you're riding, pressure on the side of the nose is much different than a squeeze from the bit. I use one to encourage collection and get a horse working around me nice and rounded. I don't have side reins, so I just attach the donut reins to the bit to encourage collection. The aids my horses look for are my voice and my posture. I have a round pen so I don't usually use a lunge line, but the surcingle is a helpful training tool.