Are side reins cruel?

Are side reins cruel?

Like any training aid, in sympathetic hands, on the right horse, in the right circumstances, they have their uses. If used strongly, with a strong bit, in temper or on the wrong horse then they probably arent cruel but they are a harsh aid.

What are side reins used for?

Side reins are equipment used when longeing a horse, running from the bit of the bridle to the saddle or surcingle. As a horse training tool, they encourage flexion and softness in the horse’s mouth. For longe line work with a rider up who does not carry ordinary riding reins, they help calm and settle the animal.

Can you use side reins when riding?

Using Side Reins For Horses. Unlike draw reins (which you use only when mounted), side reins are a training aid you can use with a horse under saddle or on the longe line, or for in-hand work. That said, I don’t recommend riding with side reins unless your horse is on a longe line and under your trainer’s control.

What does a neck stretcher do for horses?

The SmartPak Neck Stretcher is made of strong elastic which attaches to the girth and adjusts over the poll. This helpful training aid encourages your horse to drop his head, flex and stretch forward to the bit without encouraging the resistance and resentment of a nonelastic cord.

Can you ride with a Chambon?

It can be used whilst lunging as well as riding, and has two settings for adjustability. The Chambon, on the other hand, can only be used for lunging. It was developed as a means to help build up the muscles in the back and top line, applying pressure the poll and mouth of the horse when he raises his head.

How do you Chambon a horse?

The chambon acts on the poll and, via the bit, on the corners of the mouth. When the horse raises his head higher than desired, the bit is raised in the mouth and poll pressure is applied. As soon as he lowers his head the pressure is removed. In effect, the horse works the chambon.

Can you canter a horse in a Pessoa?

Cantering in the Pessoa is fine as long as it is fitted correctly! The Pessoa has four positions to choose from – the low position is ideal to introduce the horse to the system. The middle position helps the development of the upper neck muscles.

How often should you use a Pessoa?

When you start using a Pessoa try to work your horse in frequent but short sessions, 5-6 times weekly. This allows you to achieve maximum benefit as quickly as possible.

Can you long rein in a Pessoa?

The Pessoa will do this perfectly. I had the same problem with a pony and the physio recommend long reining in a Pessoa. It will work even better if you can find lots of hills, up and down. You will get very fit !!

What is Pessoa?

Invented by International show jumping rider, Nelson Pessoa, this system** is designed to encourage balance and a gradual build-up of topline. The Pessoa Lungeing System can be used in four different positions, depending on the horse’s level of training and fitness. …

How does the Pessoa training system work?

Used for short sessions on a regular basis, the Pessoa helps to strengthen your horse’s back and encourage him to work correctly. It uses a system of ropes and pulleys, which run along your horse’s sides, attaching to the bit, with an elastic tensioner positioned around your horse’s hindquarters.

How does a Pessoa work?

It’s designed to be used during lungeing only. HOW DOES IT WORK? In effect it creates a connection between the hindquarters and the bit. The tensioner and its supporting lines put gentle pressure on the quarters, encouraging the horse to step further under, and so stretch and lift the back muscles.

How do you fit EquiAmi lunging aid?

EquiAmi Lunge Aid: Attach leather chest piece of training aid to belly of roller. Tie the horse up or have a helper to fit rope sections. Take hind piece of lunge loop (coded red) and pass one end from back to front through D ring on side of roller. Undo safety clip and pass outside D ring and refasten.

Why use a Martingale on a horse?

Running martingales help give the rider extra control by discouraging the horse from raising its head beyond the point that the bit works correctly in the horse’s mouth. It works by stabilising the reins and applying downward pressure on the mouth via the bit and reins when the horse raises its head too high.

How do you keep a horse’s head down when riding?

For the “head down” cue, move the inside rein up toward the midline of your body, below your chest but above your bellybutton. At the same time, move the outside rein straight backward toward your hip. As soon as the horse begins to drop his head, immediately release the pressure on both reins.

Why are draw reins bad?

So why is it bad? Well, like anything, a tool is as dangerous as the person using it wants it to be. If you pull those draw reins so tight that the horse doesn’t have any freedom to move his head at all or is behind the bit, you’ll do more harm than good.

Can you jump a horse in draw reins?

Can you jump your horse in draw reins? In short, yes, although they are not designed to be jumped with, showjumpers do sometimes jump in draw reins. Remember, the horse will need to be able to lift his head before the jump. Horses should not be forced to jump with their heads at their knees.

What does it mean when a horse nudges you with his head?

Horses generally nudge you because you are feeding them treats and they want more. They also nudge you if they see food or you eating it because they want some. Horses also nudge as affection, they want your attention and they love you.

Why is my horse pulling on the reins?

It’s sometimes done by school horses to evade the rider’s instructions by making them lose contact. Some horses are very quick at dropping their heads and either pushing their noses out or turning their heads quickly, so that if the rider has a tight grip on the reins they get pulled forward out of the saddle.

What is the softest horse bit?

In my experience, the most gentle and acceptable bit for most horses is a loose ring snaffle with a smooth lozenge in the middle. Loose ring because the bit stays still in the horse’s mouth regardless of the position of the reins, as the rings absorb any changes in angle. The lozenge does two things.


Andrey is a coach, sports writer and editor. He is mainly involved in weightlifting. He also edits and writes articles for the IronSet blog where he shares his experiences. Andrey knows everything from warm-up to hard workout.