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post #1 of 4 Old 03-25-2016, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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What piece of equipment is this?

What are these? They came in a big lot of horse stuff I bought yesterday. The tan is elastic.
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post #2 of 4 Old 03-25-2016, 03:52 PM
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Those are called side reins. NEVER to be used while riding they are a training aid for lunging a horse to teach them to travel straight and carry their head a certain way. I won't get into the controversy of using them vs not using them and leave it at the simple fact that people are polarized about the use of them.
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As Karliejaye said - they are a type of side rein. I'd like to add that I have seen that type used as follows: one end clipped to bit, other end clipped to saddle; then another "rein" is added that comes from the bottom of the girth, under the horse's chest, drawn through the inside of the bit and clipped to the appropriate half circle thingy (sorry I don't know the right term) on the side rein. The further along the side rein you clip the bottom rein, the more the horse's head is pulled down and in to make an artificial (and most likely uncomfortable (I'm not as neutral as Karliejaye generously was in her answer)) headset.
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