I recently purchased my first horse! His previous owner used side reins while warm-up lunging and recommended that I do the same (to encourage proper collection and balance). I have never used side reins, so I would like your advice! I have read that improper use can be very bad. My horse is a little more than green-broke and is very responsive to my gentle rein aids. We ride huntseat.
If side reins are attached too loosely, are there bad consequences?
Should side reins only be used for trot and canter gaits?
As my horse trots, his body motion makes the side reins bounce slightly. Isn't this like unstable hands bouncing at the bit? How can that be of any benefit?
Both side reins same length or inside one slightly shorter?
Thanks for any help or side rein stories you can provide!