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appylover31803 02-01-2008 11:06 AM

Side Reins
Jazzy had a thread about the Pessoa Training system and i was looking into it, but I think i will be overwhelmed with it. So i was thinking about getting side reins, but never used them before. If i get them, I'll only use them like once a week or something. But i don't know what type to get, leather or elastic. I'm leaning towards elastic because it seems more forgiving than leather, but i have no idea. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank You!

Sara 02-01-2008 11:39 AM

I prefer sliding side reins (vienna reins, double side reins, lauffer reins...).
edit: Eh, I figured I'd better add this...with the first configuration (where the reins attach to the surcingle between the front legs), there is more encouragement for the head to lower, so the horse works over the back. The second configuration (attachement on the side) encourages the horse to take contact with the bit: there is less "jiggle" from the reins.

Such as here...

Or (if you don't have a surcingle)

appylover31803 02-01-2008 11:50 AM

I don't have a surcigle, but i could always get one. Do the sliding side reins have more give then the others? Can you ride in side reins, or is it only for lunging?

Sara 02-01-2008 12:02 PM

Yeah, the running reins do allow the horse a greater range of motion than the regular side reins. Plus, you can use plain old rope for running reins;) I just use a length of soft cotton cable rope, I guess about the gauge you would use for a clothesline...maybe a bit bigger.

And no, I wouldn't ride in side reins. I guess, in theory, you could...but I wouldn't:P

appylover31803 02-01-2008 12:12 PM

Thank you so much Sara.

The rope idea is a lot better than buying a pair, especially if i dont use them much. I might get a surgical, or maybe I'll use my saddle if I can. But i think a surgical might be the better choice.

Sara 02-01-2008 12:20 PM

No problem! There are a lot of different options when it comes to lunging...but I think the simpler, the better (and the more likely you are to use it!).

appylover31803 02-01-2008 12:43 PM

I have to agree with you. I liked the idea of the Pessoa training aid, but it seems like a lot of stuff to do. And i did a little bit of research on the sliding side reins and they seem like the best choice for my mare. I'm debating whether to use the rope or get myself a pair. I'm probably going to end up using the rope

tim 02-01-2008 01:12 PM

My suggestion, for lunging. Just get some bungee cords and knot them and put clips on each end. They do the same thing for half the price. And if they break, you won't feel bad.

AKPaintLover 02-01-2008 11:19 PM

I have heard negative feedback as to all the elasticity in some side reins...the reins with the donuts being preferable to those with elastic....something to do the with horse messing around with all the give in the elastic.

Anyway, any accuracy to that?

My side reins are those with elastic. I like Sara's idea with the cord running through the bit and under the surcingle. I am going to try that.

JustDressageIt 02-01-2008 11:49 PM

You can definitely ride in side reins. I prefer the ones with donuts in them but you can also ride in the German Martingale, which is like the sliding side reins, and does the same thing. Both keep the horse's head in position without much give, but in the right hands they are fine to use while teaching a horse to give to the rein and encourage a headset.

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