Working with long reins Part 1: Equipment & preparatory exercises for the horse



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Working in long reins is a fascinating possibility to school your horse in all the movements without the weight of a rider on his back. Not only is it an interesting and helpful exercise to keep older horses fit but also a worthwhile variation and complements of the everyday training of the ridden sport horse. 

The correct long reining equipment and the preparation work with the horse in hand are important factors in successful groundwork. The person on the ground learns how their body language is interpreted by the horse and how to get the wanted reaction from them.

The half and entire halts tend to work better and the horse can find his balance. This is achieved with many transitions within walk and halt as well as trot and halt. This work also prepares the horse for more technical exercises and encourages collection on the way to more technical long reining.

You will learn in this video:

  • A detailed explanation of the equipment necessary and the reasons behind this
  • What are good preparatory exercises for long rein work
  • Why some horses should never be worked in long reins and the alternative exercises you can do with them

Further videos in this series: 

Saskia Gunzer

For many years she has been a successful trainer of work in hand, non-competitive dressage, trick training and the work in long reins, and trains horses of all breeds in the high school movements. 

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