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Side Reins

If you are schooling young horses, side reins are an essential training aid for any rider.

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Side Reins for Horses

Side reins are clipped from the bit of the bridle to the surcingle or saddle and are typically used when lunging a horse. A common training tool, they are used to strengthen your horse’s frame and topline in order to support you safely. Once a horse has raised its back, collected its haunches and lowered its neck to ensure that it’s not feeling any strain, it will be strong enough for a rider.
Side reins encourage softness in the horse's mouth, provide a rein contact for a horse to work into, and depending on the positioning of the reins, can encourage various frames.