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post #1 of 8 Old 04-30-2019, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Western Pleasure Reign Length?!

I am currently riding western pleasure and seem to have way too much slack on my reigns when riding. How long should my reigns be? We are keeping the speed between a walk and a trot mostly but go into a lope every once in a while. I just have so much extra reign when trying to steer or stop and I have no clue how long they should be.
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Enough so there's no pressure on the bit when the horse is moving normally, but you can take up the slack to get a response without moving your hand/arm a whole lot. For just pleasure riding, do what works for you. In the show ring, it's common to 'pitch the reins' (ride with a huge amount of drape) to show the horse is moving on his own with no cues. If you're showing and your horse isn't ready for that yet, then you do what you need to do to maintain control. Bear in mind that most of those show horses with a huge rein drape are also trained with a spur stop, rather than a rein cue, to slow down or stop.



If you have to move your arm up to your chest (or above your head... don't laugh, seen it) you have too much slack.
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If you have to move your arm up to your chest (or above your head... don't laugh, seen it) you have too much slack.
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I worked giving guided trail rides for years. Novice riders tend to hold the knot people tie in reins of novice riders even if you show them otherwise.... then they pull their arms up past their head to try to take the slack out, usually while screaming 'my horse won't stop!' Said horse will usually stop when he gets to the clump of grass he was after, or runs into the back of the horse ahead of him. This is usually followed shortly by the same person saying on the next ride, they want the horse you are riding... which usually was either a 3 y.o. colt with about ten rides on him, or some complete crackpot of a horse that was rearing, jigging, and foaming that we had to ride because he was dangerous for newbies.


Sometimes I think it was a great job. Sometimes I can't believe more people don't die riding horses than actually do....
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rain --water falling from sky
reign -- time period of a monarch's rule
rein -- straps that go from a horse's bit to its rider's hands
reine -- queen if you're french.
spellcheck -- still not as good as proof reading.
Thank you!!! This has been killing me!
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rain --water falling from sky
reign -- time period of a monarch's rule
rein -- straps that go from a horse's bit to its rider's hands
reine -- queen if you're french.
spellcheck -- still not as good as proof reading.
I thank you :p
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