Hi I might be loaning this horse. He is a 13.3hh cob. The owner says that he gets excited when out on a hack and he throws his head down so i might fall off (btw im only 13). Then she said that he is on a double rein, but i dont know what it is used for? Has it got something to do with the hacking issue? and how do you use them?
If you don't know how to use double reins, then don't use them. :wink: Frankly it's first time I've heard about using double reins to stop horse from throwing head down. :shock: Not trying to offend, but could you lease something more nice and quiet (and safe)? I know people are using "grazing reins", which won't let the horse to reach down (never seen them live though).
Are you sure it's a double bridle or is it just a bit that is ridden with two reins? Either way can you get lessons with the pony before taking him out of the arena (or are you using hack referring to all riding in general?) so you get a feel for his tack and attitude?
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I've seen grazing reins used before, and personally don't like them much. If the pony is seriously determined to put his head down, he moves the saddle all over the place. I'm thinking that they have him in a pelham type bit, and that the curb rein is used to "pop" him up if he tries to duck his head. If you really want to lease him, I would definitely take a few lessons first, and make sure you are compatible, and safe.
As you can see by the other posts there is some confusion about what you are asking about. There is a difference between a double bridle and a bridle/bit that has two reins. I assume you are asking about riding in something like a pelham that has two reins. I can not imagine you are thinking of riding in a double bridle (which actually has two bits).
Can you maybe find a photo on line of what you are talking about so we can better help you?
I agree, lessons on the pony are a great idea.
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