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post #1 of 7 Old 09-13-2009, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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What exactly do draw reins do, and how do they work?

I know what draw reins are, but I've never actually wondered how they exactly work. Let me no if this is incorrect or if there is more to it, but don't draw reins just help enforce the horse's head to move down? How exactly do they work? Oh, and isn't that just what a martingale does? Help me please!

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post #2 of 7 Old 09-14-2009, 10:02 AM
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Draw reins and a German Martingale are similar in action. The extend from the girth or breast collar ring through the bit rings to the reins or rider's hands. Draw reins are not fixed though, so you can change the level of contact or tension.

Standing martingales act on the horse's nose while running martingales act on the reins. Draw reins and german martingales act on the bit directly.

This web site does a good jog on explaining the different "gadgets" out there for (English) horses.
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post #3 of 7 Old 09-14-2009, 12:41 PM
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I Find Draw Reins Complicated 2 Use When Riding.
When Used Correctly THey Get A Horse Used To Holding His Head In An Outline.

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post #4 of 7 Old 09-14-2009, 02:16 PM
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when used correctly they can be helpful... the above have explained them to you - here is a pic of my riding and using them (keep in mind i only use them once in a while, i don't want my horse being reliant on them )
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post #5 of 7 Old 09-14-2009, 03:50 PM
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The above photo is a good illustration of what often happens when draw reins are used. Notice the base of the horse's neck is "hollow". The front end is tipped forward a bit and the hind end a bit strung out. The horse is showing an "inverted" frame, instead of the nice rounded frame poll to tail that the rider is working toward.

With a good rider, you can work through that and get a nice frame, with or without the draw reins. However, if you don't know how to ask for a round frame, then draw reins are only going to give you a "false frame" and the horse will build all the wrong muscles (underline instead of topline). Your horse will then end up requiring draw reins for most of your schooling, or s/he will end up tipped forward with no real impulsion from the rear.

I am not implying that the above poster does not know how to use draw reins, nor am I implying that she does not know how to ask for a round frame. I am just using her picture to illustrate a point.
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hmmm .. thanks for ripping my pic apart .. that is a young horse that I am on and I am working with her to learn how to carry herself- I don't think it's a horrible pic but guess im wrong... Also this is about a year old and we don't even use them any more. I was just trying to show an example of draw reins that aren't too tight or jacking the horses "frame" up ... you have to start somewhere and this mare is learning and need to build muscle before you can critique her please.

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thanks everyone, especialy luvs2ride. thats wat i needed to know!
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