Work in Long Reins Part 2: Handling the Reins & First Exercises



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Long reining gives us the fascinating opportunity to school the horse in all the movements without the weight of the rider. Saskia Gunzer explains in easy to understand terms how to hold the reins and give the aids so that you can give it a try on your own.

Once the horse promptly steps forward, stays straight, and halts, the trainer has achieved quite a bit already. Pretty soon you can successfully turn, trot on, and do serpentines across the whole arena. Of course, horses are individuals and will respond differently. The challenge will be to take each horse’s character into consideration when long reining.

Further videos in this series: 

Working with Long Reins Part 1: Equipment & Preparatory Exercises for the Horse
Working with Long Reins Part 3: Lateral Work, Collecting and Spanish Walk
Working with Long Reins Part 4: Canter Work

You will learn in this video:

  • First long reining exercises for young or green horses
  • Which aids your horse should understand before starting with turns
  • What to look out for when turning and changing rein
  • Troubleshooting strategies in case the turns aren’t working yet

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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