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post #11 of 16 Old 10-19-2008, 11:42 PM
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I agree with everyone else..

OT I know, but I just have to tell you guys how stupid people are.. I used to work at a riding centre (in Australia) and they used to put side reins on the ponies the kids were riding to try to prevent them from eating the grass!

Are you sure they didn't use side reins when riding to protect the horses mouths from unsteady hands ? This I have seen and in these cases the beginner riders will get the proper feeling and learn to sit the horse/pony while the animal will not have jabs and pokes in the mouth.

The first riding lessons I ever took was from a German master that used side reins while we were riding and I didn't know why until much later.
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post #12 of 16 Old 10-21-2008, 01:42 PM
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I see no problem with riding with side reins as long as you know how to use them properly and some else is there with you. My instructor had me put it on my OTTB when I was training him to ASSIST in getting him to bend. There was no contact from them only the weight and its up to you to ask for the bend.

As for the comment on how harness horses have to carry their heads high? Thats not true. Some are raced without checks. Checks are used to help with controlling the horse, some really get ridiculous in a race. Yes some people abuse the check but it is also a balancing mechanism to assist the horse.

If all else fails, get a private instructor out a couple times to see what would work best for you and your horse. I wish you luck!

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Well i chose not to use them at the moment. I may use them in the future, personally i believe as long as you understand that you cant use it as a quick fix and its ment only as a temperoray aid or "assit" then its ok. I may use them this thursday for some trainging, probably for the first 10 minutes just to get him stretching out properly, then i'll take them off and work with him naturally and do plenty of figure 8s and circles. =D

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Have you tried a Market Harborough (German Running Rein)?

It is an improved version of the draw rein and I believe it not to be a Quick Fix.

Basically of course - you would get him working with impulsion, responding to your leg cues, seat etc.

Then introduce the Market Harborough. Just start off loose so he gets used to the aid.

The idea of the Market harborough is that as long as the horse keeps himself in a correct position the rein is loose and there is no effect.


THIS IS NOT FORCE.

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i think that they are just a "quick fix" because as soon as they come off hes head will go up. You could use draw riens, but i feel as if they are also a quick fix. Just keep on doing lots of circles and serpentines. Try working on it at the walk first and then move up. I've found that if you get on and think "lets go in a frame" they rarely do. Warm up first and then work on it.
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Are you sure they didn't use side reins when riding to protect the horses mouths from unsteady hands ? This I have seen and in these cases the beginner riders will get the proper feeling and learn to sit the horse/pony while the animal will not have jabs and pokes in the mouth.

The first riding lessons I ever took was from a German master that used side reins while we were riding and I didn't know why until much later.
I am positive.. I worked there and helped with lessons. When the horses would continually stop to eat the grass we were instructed to put on the side reins to stop them eating.
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