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post #1 of 28 Old 08-27-2011, 06:41 AM Thread Starter
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Western Pleasure riders how often do you ride in draw reins or training forks?

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post #2 of 28 Old 08-27-2011, 07:37 AM
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While I am more into working events now, I have extensively shown wp horses & still train for others. Short answer, never. I'm not a gadget person and see them as short cuts. The same goals can be reached with consistent training.
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post #3 of 28 Old 08-27-2011, 08:50 AM
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I have one horse that I ride in wp but she is mostly bomproof so i use them on split reins on her all the time, but when I was training her I used draw.And they are more confirtable so I use them on trails

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post #4 of 28 Old 08-29-2011, 11:21 AM
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I don't use either. I also see them as short cut gadgets. I'd rather spend more time and get a true, consistant result.
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post #5 of 28 Old 08-29-2011, 11:44 AM
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Can I ask the point of training forks? Is it just to put the downward pressure on the reins at all times?

I was recommended to get a set by one trainer and my mare was ridden in one when she was at a different trainers, but the one that actually rode said she doesn't need it.

I have always avoided using it as I feel like it will get in the way of an one rein stop. And as my mare is super spooky (and big spooks!) I like not having stuff in the way.
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post #6 of 28 Old 09-01-2011, 03:30 PM
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Never. I train all my horses without gadgets. There are a lot more benefits to proper training than training using shortcuts. It might take longer to get the final result, but that result will last longer.


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post #7 of 28 Old 09-01-2011, 05:18 PM
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I use draw reins almost every time I ride. My horse really likes to throw his head up and "jump" into his lope (it started to happen because when I wasn't as experienced, I'd pull on his face everytime he loped, rider error) I don't plan on using them forever, but they really have helped and I want him to get into the habit of staying in form when loping off. Proffesional help was great too.
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post #8 of 28 Old 09-01-2011, 05:34 PM
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I have never used them on my Percheron WP prospect. I would rather put good, solid training into her than rely on a piece of leather.
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post #9 of 28 Old 09-01-2011, 05:58 PM
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Never. I feel it's hinderance to real training.

Misuses the muscle, they don't develop properly, since the horses learn to just brace against it. And then when you take them off for the show ring-Guess what? Your horse can't keep his head down on his own because the muscles weren't developed properly.

I train exactly how it will be in the show ring. I'm not a fan of suprises at shows.
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post #10 of 28 Old 09-01-2011, 06:22 PM
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I HATE riding with training forks! My equestrian team coach made us use them on the school horses during riding practice all the time. I personally like to have a direct line from my hand to the horse's mouth. When you have something redirecting your rein pressure like that, it makes it really hard to tell how much force you're putting into your cues. Not to mention as soon as you take them off the horse tends to go back to what he was doing because you're not really addressing the problem just covering it up.
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