08-04-2011, 01:22 AM
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I havn'e ever used draw reins. I have used a German martingale a bit. I think that the problem with any sort of device designe to automatically set the horse's head, is that it can never be as sensitive and adaptable to the horse as an educated hand can be. A pair of good hands can apply more or less pressure according to the immediate situation and thus can encourage more or disourage more the desired behavior. I know that the idea is that the horse finds the place where the device is situated to not put pressure on the bars, and thus it rewards itself. But I prefer to have an active rider to horse dialogue of cause, effect, reward and on and on. I want to be in on it, I guess. And I want the ability to give huge rewards from time to time to break up the feeling and the drawreins restrict that.