Originally Posted by sillybunny11486
i think the vienna reins some people were talking about are draw reins, am I correct??
Vienna renis are like "sliding" side reins. The rein is hooked to an upper ring on the surcingle or the top d-ring of the saddle. The rein goes through the bit then the other end attaches low on the surcingle or around the girth (on the sides of the horse, but low). So you end up with two points of pressure/contact. If the horse's head goes up, he feels pressure from the bottom connection, pulling his head back down. If the horse's head goes too far down, he feels upward pressure from the top connection. I have never used them myself, but I have a couple of freinds that swear by them.
Standard side reins are one strap, connecting bit to surcingle or saddle; one line front to back, with a simple connection. I prefer side reins with elastic, but I have used split reins as quick "redneck" side reins and they worked like a charm