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post #11 of 15 Old 03-03-2011, 05:27 PM
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For most people, the best way to teach a horse to understand an accept contact is by using side reins. Don't roast the girl over the fire for wanting to try this widely used and acceptable training practice.

Some quick tips for using side reins: Get the horse pointed in the right direction first. Put on the outside side rein and then the inside. Get behind the horse (not directly behind, just in a good position to drive the horse forward) and tell the horse to go. Some times if they fuss and drop a lot in the walk, it's better to trot them. Don't canter in them until the horse the horse is very balanced in that gait without them on. If you adjust them too loosely, it will just bump the horse in the mouth. You want the horse to be just about on the vertical (face perpendicular to the ground) while standing. When you change directions, take them off, turn the horse around and then put them back on.
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For most people, the best way to teach a horse to understand an accept contact is by using side reins. Don't roast the girl over the fire for wanting to try this widely used and acceptable training practice.

Some quick tips for using side reins: Get the horse pointed in the right direction first. Put on the outside side rein and then the inside. Get behind the horse (not directly behind, just in a good position to drive the horse forward) and tell the horse to go. Some times if they fuss and drop a lot in the walk, it's better to trot them. Don't canter in them until the horse the horse is very balanced in that gait without them on. If you adjust them too loosely, it will just bump the horse in the mouth. You want the horse to be just about on the vertical (face perpendicular to the ground) while standing. When you change directions, take them off, turn the horse around and then put them back on.
thank you equinesalways. I am going to get the side reins tomorrow so, I'll probably work him in them Saturday.
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post #13 of 15 Old 03-03-2011, 06:35 PM
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Not sure if this was brought up already but, I highly advise not to ride in them.

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post #14 of 15 Old 03-03-2011, 06:43 PM
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Not sure if this was brought up already but, I highly advise not to ride in them.
Good point! I guess I overlooked it because side reins are used as a lunging tool. It would be especially unwise to do it in the beginning, when the horse is just learning to accept them. They must learn to go really go forward into them and it's taught from the ground. I am not sure that was the OPs intent, but just adding this to clarify.
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Cherie's first post is SPOT ON for why this happens, and how to change it.
You may not have harsh hands. Could be an old habit. AND, sometimes when holding reins neither looping loose, not tight enougth to follow the mouth, you get into that place where they are tightingin, loosening, tightining loosening. Horse gets snapped in the mouth with each stride . Hard for horse to make heads or tails out of rein contact that inconsistent MORE but consistent and meaningful contact, ala Cherie's explanation , is the way to getting them to learn to drop head. THEN you must learn how to always follow mouth well OR stay totally off the bit. No imbetween.
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