Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Canberra Australia
Yanking on the reins is an offence people need to be executed for, well maybe we don’t need to be that extreme, but it is certainly a no no. And I agree with the rest, if it’s your horse, you should be the one riding it, not your boyfriend, particularly if he is yanking on the reins. It sounds like you have a pretty good idea about how to go about softening it up, but the thing I’d recommend you do, (that is if you aren’t already doing it), is to check how you are timing what you are asking from the horse. I mean that, say you want to go left, you should ask the horse to go left (and it doesn’t matter what you are using, seat, reins, both), when the horse’s feet are in such a position to facilitate their left turn the best. In other words, time the asking with the horse’s feet.