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  • Neck stretcher vs side reins
  • A neck stretcher as side reins

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    04-12-2012, 01:15 PM
  #11
Weanling
Thanks for your input everyone!
I'm definitely not going to get it, I'll just work him the old fashioned way and we'll get there when we get there. :)
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    04-17-2012, 01:30 PM
  #12
Foal
I have used it for periods of time and it has made a huge difference in showing my gelding where I want him to be without a lot of stress on either mine or his part. We ride in it for short periods of time and then it comes off. Sort of serves as a reminder.
     
    04-17-2012, 02:13 PM
  #13
Green Broke
I have a friend who rides Hunters and uses this on her trainer's advice, just as an every once in awhile thing to get her mare to stretch and relax, so I don't see it as a negative thing.

***I will say, you should have trainer or someone else very knowledgeable on the subject teach you how to use it, because the results can be disastrous if you don't, as with any training tool!***

I personally lounge my mare in side reins set sort of the same way the neck stretcher is (except I don't ride her with them on, only on the lounge line), to encourage her to lower her head and move "long and low" to build up her topline. It's just used every once in awhile as a training tool and I have had good success that then transfers to under saddle with her. Here's what I do with my mare with the side reins (they have elastic on the ends near the bit by the way, so that they give a lot)...I just use them every now and again to encourage her to stretch, as she tends to just throw her nose up in the air and hollow out her back, causing all sorts of fun problems

     
    04-17-2012, 02:52 PM
  #14
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand    
I have a friend who rides Hunters and uses this on her trainer's advice, just as an every once in awhile thing to get her mare to stretch and relax, so I don't see it as a negative thing.

***I will say, you should have trainer or someone else very knowledgeable on the subject teach you how to use it, because the results can be disastrous if you don't, as with any training tool!***

I personally lounge my mare in side reins set sort of the same way the neck stretcher is (except I don't ride her with them on, only on the lounge line), to encourage her to lower her head and move "long and low" to build up her topline. It's just used every once in awhile as a training tool and I have had good success that then transfers to under saddle with her. Here's what I do with my mare with the side reins (they have elastic on the ends near the bit by the way, so that they give a lot)...I just use them every now and again to encourage her to stretch, as she tends to just throw her nose up in the air and hollow out her back, causing all sorts of fun problems

Lounging my pony - YouTube
Interesting! Thanks for your input, maybe I'll invest in some side reins at some point instead. Or see if anyone at my barn has them and can show me how to use them.

By the way, your mare is gorgeous! I've always been a sucker for buckskins. :)
     
    04-17-2012, 10:28 PM
  #15
Green Broke
Aww thanks and yeah trying out tack first with someone who knows how to use it is always a good way to go! If you do get side reins make sure you get some with elastic on the ends or at the very least a donut. I prefer the elastic though as it has a bit more give to it.
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    04-18-2012, 02:39 AM
  #16
Foal
Properly adjusted side reins and surcingles are a great training tool! They're a great way to help the horse without our riding interfering and causing problems.

Here's an excellent guide that I found(: I believe that someone has posted it on the forum before, so kudos to whoever produced this for us!









Good luck, and keep us updated! :)
     
    04-18-2012, 09:37 AM
  #17
Weanling
Wow, thanks for that! Very informative. :)

One question, do side reins have to be used with a surcingle or can they be attached to the D-rings on an english saddle? Judging by the picture, I can't really tell if they'd be too high up or not.
     
    04-18-2012, 09:41 AM
  #18
Green Broke
You'd be best attaching them round the girth on a saddle.
The D rings are too high for side reins.

However using any form of equipment on a horse should only be done when you have been taught by an appropriatly qualified person.
Please do not use sidereins on your horse untill you can find a trainer who can teach you to use them properly
     
    04-18-2012, 01:19 PM
  #19
Green Broke
Agreed with Faye on all accounts! I have been taught by a trainer to attach around the girth and in my horse's case, in between her front legs. Some stay on the outside of the legs just low on the girth on either side, but I've found between the legs to work well for my horse (just make sure they're not too loose so they can't somehow get a leg through!!)

But yes, ALWAYS get a trainer or someone knowledgeable about a piece of training equipment before using it!
     
    04-18-2012, 07:17 PM
  #20
Weanling
I'll have to see if someone knows about them at my barn, it's pretty small and very laid back, I've never seen anyone use them out there, but I assume the BO/trainer knows how!
     

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