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post #11 of 15 Old 10-19-2009, 12:37 AM
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Originally Posted by sillybunny11486 View Post
i think the vienna reins some people were talking about are draw reins, am i correct??
Vienna renis are like "sliding" side reins. The rein is hooked to an upper ring on the surcingle or the top d-ring of the saddle. The rein goes through the bit then the other end attaches low on the surcingle or around the girth (on the sides of the horse, but low). So you end up with two points of pressure/contact. If the horse's head goes up, he feels pressure from the bottom connection, pulling his head back down. If the horse's head goes too far down, he feels upward pressure from the top connection. I have never used them myself, but I have a couple of freinds that swear by them.

Standard side reins are one strap, connecting bit to surcingle or saddle; one line front to back, with a simple connection. I prefer side reins with elastic, but I have used split reins as quick "redneck" side reins and they worked like a charm .
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post #12 of 15 Old 10-19-2009, 12:38 AM
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ive never owned a surcingle. for me it just alot easier to tack up and use them. then take of the sidereins and ride. it saves time if your going to ride afte the lunging. with any type of draw rein or side reins, you have to be careful not to encourage the horse to get behind the verticle or lean on the reins. i used to work at a farm full or retired horses. the b/o swears the reason her wb has arthritus in his neck was because the previous owners used sidereins and draw reins on him too much.
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post #13 of 15 Old 10-19-2009, 02:23 AM
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Denny lunging with my bungee vienna-style reins.

He isn't tracking up or working well under himself as this was when he was still recovering from his hind leg injury (you can see videos on my channel) and well... it's hard to lunge properly and videotape at the same time. Yes, he is very out of shape!
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post #14 of 15 Old 10-19-2009, 11:45 AM
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I personally do not use side-reins nor recommend them, especially to beginners or people that do not know how to use them. When working with my horses I do alot of transitions and stopping, switching directions, and I find that once they are graceful about it they put their weight back on the hindquarters, and stretch through their back and are very alert as to what I am asking. Also with my trail horse, when I do the "gaits" with him (I trot next to him, canter next to him also) not only is it beneficial to me (hehehehe) but also I notice that he is rounding alot more and pushing off with his hind. It's quite fun to watch. :)
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post #15 of 15 Old 10-22-2009, 07:38 AM
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I'm not a fan of side reins, I prefer running reins instead

(not my horse btw^^) They are similar (if not the same?) as vienna reins, but run through the top ring on the roller, not the side rings. I like the fact that if my horse lifts or tosses his head, he doesn't hit the end of the reins like he would in side-reins. The higher he lifts his head, the stronger the pressure on the bit becomes, but CAN still lift his head, and he can stretch down into the contact.

This is a good article to read if you're looking into using side-reins.
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