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  • How often should you ride in side reins?

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    12-21-2011, 07:16 AM
  #21
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Tasia    
In August and the first half of september, I rode in draw reins because I was getting ready for an AQHA show. HOWEVER I know how to use them properly so I did not get any negative effects afterwards.
Both DO have a purpose and the correct purpose has nothing to do with getting a headset, which is what most people think they are for. I've used both on my WP horse and he is no worse for wear.
     
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    12-22-2011, 11:04 PM
  #22
Foal
What are ways to get a proper headset without gadgets? How do you teach them to carry their necks level and their noses perpendicular to the ground?

I have used draw reins before, but they never helped my mare at all so I stopped using them. I guess they taught her to lower her head when I saw lightly on the reins, but she pops it down then right back up!
     
    12-22-2011, 11:17 PM
  #23
Showing
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Originally Posted by aggiegirl14    
What are ways to get a proper headset without gadgets? How do you teach them to carry their necks level and their noses perpendicular to the ground?

I have used draw reins before, but they never helped my mare at all so I stopped using them. I guess they taught her to lower her head when I saw lightly on the reins, but she pops it down then right back up!
When they relax, their head won't be up in the air, and the more you work on asking them to lift their backs up and work from the hind, the more round they become.

My horse and I were getting round without any gadgets but since we're working on canter work, my trainer recently has me lunging in side reins and working with a training fork. I try not to ride in it often. Maybe once or twice out of the 4 or so days I'm out riding. It does help him and it helps me.
     
    12-23-2011, 07:08 AM
  #24
Yearling
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Originally Posted by aggiegirl14    
What are ways to get a proper headset without gadgets? How do you teach them to carry their necks level and their noses perpendicular to the ground?

I have used draw reins before, but they never helped my mare at all so I stopped using them. I guess they taught her to lower her head when I saw lightly on the reins, but she pops it down then right back up!
To get a "headset", and I don't like that term....you have to concentrate on the backend of the horse and not the front. If your horse drives deep with the hock, lifts the belly and rounds the back, and has elevation in the shoulders....the head and neck will take care of itself by falling where it should based on conformation.
     
    01-03-2012, 09:13 PM
  #25
Foal
Split reins all the way for my boy..
     
    01-03-2012, 09:25 PM
  #26
Started
I'm using a training fork once or twice during the week... not while riding really though, mostly just while doing some lunging to work on his cardiovascular fitness. It helps remind him where he head should be, and he then keeps his head down better when it's off the rest of the time. Eventually we'll phase it out, but it seems to be a useful tool.
     
    01-18-2012, 01:34 PM
  #27
Foal
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Originally Posted by GotaDunQH    
To get a "headset", and I don't like that term....you have to concentrate on the backend of the horse and not the front. If your horse drives deep with the hock, lifts the belly and rounds the back, and has elevation in the shoulders....the head and neck will take care of itself by falling where it should based on conformation.
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    01-18-2012, 03:14 PM
  #28
Yearling
I basically never use them, except when the horse is just getting stubborn and giving me a hard time that particular day, or if I'm bored and just want to change it up a bit.
     

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