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post #1 of 7 Old 01-21-2013, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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Surcingles???

What do you think about a training surcingle? What are the benefits of using one? Are there any cons? What is it mainly used for? Would you recommend using one? Thanks!
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-21-2013, 10:47 PM
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post #3 of 7 Old 01-21-2013, 11:00 PM
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Here's what I've used them for:

Teaching a horse about cinch pressure before putting a saddle on for the first time.

Teaching a horse to wear a harness.

Teaching a horse to ground drive (you run the lines through the rings on the surcingle).

As a device to hook side reins onto for lunging.

Getting a horse used to noises and tack motion coming from his back. I attached bells and various flappy objects to the surcingle.

For little kids to hold onto when riding bareback.
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Used as gottatrot says.

First used them on Saddlebreds, lunging and then line driving, then ground driving.

Used to set head, used to get horse used to be worked.

Well worth the money in my book.

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I have always used surcingles for the same reasons. I have just always made my own and like them a lot better than the ones you can buy.

I take 2 western cinchas and attach an off billet to the off side to buckle them together and use a regular leather or nylon tie strap on the left side to cinch them together just like putting a saddle on. I use a wide roping cincha over the horse's withers and a narrow mohair girth under its belly. The cinch rings work very well to attach driving rings to.

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post #6 of 7 Old 01-22-2013, 12:29 PM
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I am using one right now to make sure of my 3year old's steering/brakes before I get on him later this spring. Plus he's gotten used to having the lines rubbing his legs/sides/over his butt and flapping on him when I roll them up and lay them over his back.

I wish that mine had a couple of rings lower on his side, but it works.



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post #7 of 7 Old 01-23-2013, 10:23 AM
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I used one to train my dressage mare... the whole long-lining thing didn't work out so well (I had more trouble with it than she did) but I did lounge her with a surcingle and side reins for awhile. Also used a surcingle and side reins to teach her how to cross her hind legs and turn of the forehand.

Expect some resistance at first, but they do work pretty well.
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