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post #1 of 34 Old 02-10-2012, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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Yanking The Reins

I have a coming 4 yr old TB mare and she is constantly trying to yank the reins out of my hands at the trot. She yanks the reins hard enough that it rips them out of my hands. I have tried to hold the reins still to see if she gets over it and realizes that I'm not going to soften until she does and she nearly yanks me out of the saddle. I've also tried just sending her forward with my leg but she continues to yank. I had her in a simple full cheek snaffle and then switched her to a french link snaffle thinking maybe the single joint was having a bit of a nutcracker effect. Since changing the bit there hasn't been any improvement. I always try to have extremely soft hands but it seems like the only time she isn't yanking on the reins is when I have the reins so long that its impossible to yank them.

Any ideas as to why she is yanking the reins so much? Suggestions on how to stop it? As always, thanks in advance! :)
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post #2 of 34 Old 02-11-2012, 12:08 AM
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my mare does this at a walk from time to time.
She HATES tension in her mouth and when she walks she likes to carry her head low and riding with short barrel reins I have to just about lean forward to keep from putting tension in her mouth. I ride in a snaffle so its not the bit, as long as I stay out of her mouth when she is walking, other then giving her cues (she is fine with that), she is fine.

The only thing I can tell you is give her a little slack...so long as she is not trying to go faster or trying to ignore your cues there is no reason you have to keep so much pressure in her mouth.
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thanks sierra! Its just so difficult to try to teach her any sort of collection without having ANY contact lol
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trust me I know.

Something else you may want to try is if she is doing it or starts to be pretty bad about it then yank back...I may get jumped on for this but here goes....

If you are giving her slack and she still yanks then yank back make her back her a** up....doing this a few times may solve it. Of course I would not recommend you do this in a bit with or port or anything crazy like that but your snaffle should not hurt her...do not snatch from side to side of course but back her up asap and then continue what you were doing.
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yanking back was going to be my last resort. It's getting way too annoying and i'm beginning to think that may be the only option I have left! Thanks again!
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any time, keep me posted :)
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If all else fails, I am also a fan of collecting her quick, steady, and sitting her on her butt. Then she gets to back up about six steps..more steps backwards if she doesn't give, put her head down, and continues to pull on me. I don't necessarily "yank" on my horse's mouth every time but I do get her attention right when she does it and make her give her head and back her up..

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If all else fails, I am also a fan of collecting her quick, steady, and sitting her on her butt. Then she gets to back up about six steps..more steps backwards if she doesn't give, put her head down, and continues to pull on me. I don't necessarily "yank" on my horse's mouth every time but I do get her attention right when she does it and make her give her head and back her up..
you said it better :) but this is what I meant!
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I would never yank. I would just teach her to flex.. when she is standing still drop her hands to your knees and put a little pressure on the bit,if she doesnt give keep apply the pressure she may yank but keep a steady hand AS SOON as she gives let go and reward keep doing it till its perfect, this may take several days depending on how much you do it, to know when it is perfect you should be able to hold the horses head for several secs to a min with barely any pressure. Then you can work with it at a walk. To keep your horse from being confused between a stop and a flex Always ask a flex after they stop so they know the difference. Never ask for a flex before a stop during this training time. Then ask them to do it at a walk if they want to stop give a little leg pressure keep the pressure on the face till they give then let go ASAP and give them a good horse and a pet still keeping their feet moving all along, when they are good at that you can ask them to give to that pressure with little resistance for a few mins to longer, this will take lots of time though. Then you can work your way up to a trot and canter. This will Also improve collect by 100% as well. Just remember its a give and take process as soon as you horse gives to that pressure take it away.
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Our welch used to this bad and once we got to inspecting it even further it was because of his teeth.

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