Riding on a loose rein tests both our horse’s self carriage as well as our balance and ability to ride from our seat (instead of hanging on to the reins).
When I start either a new rider or a new horse, it is with a loose rein, protecting the horse’s delicate face and mouth, while developing the balance of both horse and rider independent of too much rein contact.
However, if you are thinking “I can’t let the reins too long, my horse might run off, and I feel so insecure if I don’t have contact…”, then today’s video will be very helpful.
In this video, we will discuss:
- When long reins are good and when it isn’t smart or safe to have your reins too long
- How to quickly shorten your reins
- Exercises you can do to feel comfortable with long reins and no contact
Click play below to watch the video!
After you watch the video, leave a comment below and let me know which of the exercises you found most helpful.
See you in the comments!
p.s. For more exercises like these – and a complete resource to create 100’s of training sessions to improve your riding skills – check out my book Stay in the Saddle – 67 Exercises for Horse and Rider