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  • Loungeing in a neck stretcher
  • Neck stretcher vs side reins

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    04-19-2012, 10:00 AM
Im going to get **** for this one, Im sure.

I LOVE this tool. At my barn we call them "bungie reins" and they made a huge difference for me and my young OTTB. He is large so we use them on the longest they can go, from the poll, through the bit and then down between his legs to the girth. We used them to teach him how to collect through his back to front without having to worry about him throwing his head and speeding and I prefer to lunge in them vs side reins. I think that what I like about them so much is that they do allow the horse some give and take so the horse cannot just set his head and use my hands as a headrest.
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    04-19-2012, 12:16 PM
Green Broke
Well you won't get *** from me, I agree it's a great training tool!
    04-19-2012, 01:00 PM
My husband's horse needs a real "neck stretcher" ..... he has a very short neck! Just kidding!!
I prefer to use the correct training to teach my horse to carry her body and head in the proper position without using gadgets, but that is me.
    04-19-2012, 06:42 PM
I really see no purpose in the neck stretcher at all. If you have a useful purpose for them, please point it out to me, because I think they belong in the trash.

I have seen horses get so sore from them that they will carry their head as high as they can once the neck stretcher is taken off.
    04-19-2012, 09:55 PM
I'm not a huge fan when it comes to "devices" although I must say, sometimes they do help. I think the horse should have the basic concept firmly in their brain first
    04-20-2012, 07:49 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by gypsygirl    
i really see no purpose in the neck stretcher at all. If you have a useful purpose for them, please point it out to me, because I think they belong in the trash.

I have seen horses get so sore from them that they will carry their head as high as they can once the neck stretcher is taken off.
Well I can't speak to the neck stretcher specifically because I've only used one once, but with the side reins, I have found them to be a wonderful tool in helping my mare to carry herself and round her back rather than hollow it out. Sometimes it's hard for me to teach that to her while I'm sitting on her back. But on the lounge line with side reins, she can figure it out by herself without weight on her back, and it just helps her to stetch down and therefore build up her topline and carry herself properly. I often use it for 10-15 mins before I get on and ride her, and I ALWAYS notice a big difference versus just lounging her without them, or not lounging her at all before I ride.

When I get on to ride her, she's more fluid, relaxed, carries herself properly (head low and back rounded and lifting up, not head up and back hollowed out). It actually PREVENTS soreness in my mare, because she gets very sore if she is allowed to run around with her head up in the air and her back hollowed out. This stops her from doing that and makes her carry herself correctly and effectively. So while I can't speak for everyone and won't say that I think they will do wonders for EVERY horse because that's likely not true, I certainly don't believe they belong in the trash.
    04-20-2012, 11:19 AM
I had one with my boy for a while. I didn't like it, My guy really didn't need it, yet my trainer said that it would help ( and because I was at that point in life where I thought my trainer was ALWAYS right, and I trusted her completely ) I went along with it. At the time, I thought it was wonderful, my guy had a nice looking frame, he wasn't leaning on me, and my trainer said he went great. Long story short, he lost most of his topline, he started carrying tension and stress in his shoulders and neck, causeing extreme stiffness and eventual lameness ( my trainer at the time blamed all this on an ill fitting saddle and his 'bad' stifle, both of which were 100% fine). 2 years after leaving all that behind, we are finally getting back to where we were before, he is doing much better and I have never used that device again.

I don't want to blame the device, or my trainer for that matter, my fault entirely in that situation.

Anyway, just letting you know my experience with this device. Make sure you use it correctly.

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