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    12-13-2010, 10:25 PM
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Unhappy Draw reins ended in horse being put down.

Why do people, that can't use them properly, use draw reins???!!!
Just over a month ago I went to trial a horse and upon getting on him and only walking around he started bucking violently and managed to throw me off somewhat decently.
I couldn't figure out why! There was nothing to give him a fright, his teeth were alright, I checked his back and that was fine, checked the saddle fit, checked girth/bridle/legs etc etc and couldn't find anything wrong, so we put it down to him being a young horse out of work for so long and just throwing a dirty one.
BUT, this particular horse was bought by my friends friend, who is very very good at fixing problem horses. She had everyone under the sun out to this horse, chiropractors, vets, dentists, farriers, everything! And couldn't find anything wrong what-so-ever. But in the pictures I saw of the owner working this horse, she had him in draw reins. I asked why only to be told she schools all her horses in them...
Turns out, she mustn't have used them properly because it effected this poor horse substancially(sp?).
What ended up happening, and what had caused the violent bucking nobody could solve, is that in using the draw reins, being FORCED down very tightly with them, had snapped one of his neck muscles. It wasn't a visible effect, but it sure as hell must have been a painful one!
And because of this, the horse ended up being put down because there was nothing that could be done so he would ever be right again.

Hell, that's exactly why I don't use draw reins and all the fancy gadgets, because I haven't been taught to use them correctly!
I'd much rather stick to my own normal reins rather than use something like draw reins when I don't know how to use them, and end up hurting the poor horse! He was one beautiful horse to.
And he was only 9 too.

Vent over..
Any thoughts on this or other training methods gone wrong that you know of?
     
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    12-13-2010, 10:34 PM
  #2
Gus
Banned
O gosh I sorry D:

Well we knnow these people and his horse Bacon gets nervous goin in the box for roping and when he doesn't stand immediately he will walk him out and take his rope and whip him!!! Once it was so bad he was bleeding!!!!!! And then he got angry at us for I don't know what!
     
    12-13-2010, 10:35 PM
  #3
Gus
Banned
I said ,"know" I should have said we KNEW we don't speak to them anymore and they don't speak to us. That isn't half of what they did. But he whips that poor horse constantly D':<
     
    12-13-2010, 10:42 PM
  #4
Trained
Thats cruel!! A girl at pc tied my friends horses head down with draw reins to teach it to go on the bit. My friend didnt know whether it was right or not so she let it go. Then the girl that tied horses head down untied it cos me and my friend yelled at her!!!
They should NOT be taught for collection and on the bit work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
    12-13-2010, 10:46 PM
  #5
Green Broke
You never rode a horse before you started riding, correct?

I learned to use spurs by starting to wear them.

However, it is horrible that the horse had to be put down.
     
    12-13-2010, 10:57 PM
  #6
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You never rode a horse before you started riding, correct?

I learned to use spurs by starting to wear them.


However, it is horrible that the horse had to be put down.

That's very true, I just don't understand why the owner was using the draw reins in the first place. She was only using him for paddock riding, and to take to pc and a show once or twice.
I just think that with things like draw reins one should atleast know the basics of using them and the dangers if they are not used correctly. - Just my opinion. But also my opinion is that forcing a horses head down is not working them properly, as I understand it (from conversations with the owners mother) she used the draw reins as a shortcut, which ended very badly.
     
    12-14-2010, 04:17 AM
  #7
Trained
Very good point VelvetsAB, however, to use tools like draw reins, one needs to be given firm instruction on their use or accidents like this can happen all too easily. Riding is not so dangerous to a horse, spurs yeah you can jab them in the ribs a bit, but draw reins/side reins etc. can cause long term damage to the muscular-skeletal system of the horse... definitely not something to be taken lightly.
Yes draw reins can be a good tool when used on specific horses for one or two rides, but not on every horse every ride, that is ridiculous.
     
    12-14-2010, 08:35 AM
  #8
Banned
I am truly sorry the horse had to be put down.

From what you posted it is a pretty big leap to go from the use of draw reins to it being the sole reason for the horse having issues. There are plenty of horses out there with the same type of issues that have never had draw reins on.
     
    12-14-2010, 08:59 AM
  #9
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
I am truly sorry the horse had to be put down.

From what you posted it is a pretty big leap to go from the use of draw reins to it being the sole reason for the horse having issues. There are plenty of horses out there with the same type of issues that have never had draw reins on.
Agreed!

I understand where the OP is coming from, however any use of an aid or tool can be dangerous if in the wrong hands.

I also believe that any time a training aid is used, it should be under the supervision of someone who knows the proper use of it.
     
    12-14-2010, 09:39 AM
  #10
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by HollyBubbles    
What ended up happening, and what had caused the violent bucking nobody could solve, is that in using the draw reins, being FORCED down very tightly with them, had snapped one of his neck muscles. It wasn't a visible effect, but it sure as hell must have been a painful one!
If a neck muscle 'snapped', the horse would react with everything it did - not just buck under saddle. It would not be able to walk or move it's head without severe pain.
     

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