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    09-05-2010, 12:00 PM

Hiya guys :)
I haven't been on this forum for a long time, so I do apologise!
I have a 4 year old who is recently broken, so we do quite a lot of lungeing.
The first thing I wanted to teach him with lungeing was to go off of my voice commands and body posture. He now has this down to a 'T'. Most of the time my whip is under my arm as I very rarely need it.
However, recently he's been having a real big problem bending, especially with one rein in canter. He gets to a certain point in the circle and zooms of away from me. I'm not behind him or chasing him on.
So.... I did something that I'm not sure is right? But it REALLLLLLY worked. I used to have his side reins at an equal length (what I was always taught at college) but the outside rein was always tight and pulling and I feel that over time, this has taught him to run away from me as that's the the side rein is telling him to do. So I loosened the outside rein and tightened the inside. He was working beautifully, I could have cried from being so proud. He has a beautiful bouncy and flowing movement. Perfect outline, engaging his hind end etc. etc.
Is this okay?

I'm not riding him in the school at the moment as we do not have a sufficient surface (I'm moving yards this Saturday)
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    09-05-2010, 12:30 PM
I was told to do this one time by a trainer, so I don't think it will hurt him at all. However, it depends on how much 'difference' between the two reins there is. She only ever told me to have the inside rein one or two holes shorter than the outside.
    09-05-2010, 12:36 PM
Oh yes, my side reins are rubbish and are slidey ones, but it is only a 'few holes' shorter.
Meant to buy new ones yesterday, but forgot haha.
    09-05-2010, 02:19 PM
I do this all the time for short periods... this is what you do when you ride and the purpose of the side reins is to teach a horse to give and carry themselves correctly/build muscle. But like said.... only one or two holes.
    09-11-2010, 03:00 AM
Also, I would on occasion just take off the sidereins completely. If he's getting so reactive to the pressure, it's good that he's responding to the bit but he should be allowed to carry himself freely too so that he learns to set his own head rather than have it set by the reins. :) Just my opinion. I don't think it's too bad to have the inside rein just barely shorter than the other, since you want him slightly curved to the inside when lungeing, but I would only do it for short periods of time.

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