View Full Version : Ahh, double reins!
18th May 2002, 08:40 AM
I rode a friend's beautiful tb showhorse today, and it was awesome.
Except for one thing!
He was wearing a pelham, double reins.
Me, snaffle rider.
I rode him okay, got my reins confused a bit, but figured it out in the end. I have pretty soft hands, so i was pleased with my self when he tucked his head nicely and did what i asked him.
But, double reins will always be an enemy. Well maybe not always, but at least until I have some lessons with them!
18th May 2002, 08:41 AM
By the way, my little quote was very true today, brr was it cold down here!
18th May 2002, 02:37 PM
Glad to hear the horse went well for you and you rode so well your first time with double reins. I was hopeless for ages, and thought I would never get the hang of it.
Yeah, double reins are usually everyones enemy until they really learn to ride with them. I personally do all my training of my own horse in a double bridle, but then again, I have been having regular coaching for years and my horse was already an established show horse when I purchased him.
Unfortunately double bridles, pelhams etc. all end up canned because the majority of people seen to be using them, actually use them awfully and often end up jamming their horse onto the bit with them. Which of course means the horse is not truly on the bit. Heck I have even witnessed a number of riders at shows who were competing on horses in pelhams that were placed upside down in the horses mouth and worst still, when living in the middle east I witnessed a horse rear over backwards onto the rider, because he only attached one rein to the pelham and you guessed it, he only put it on the curb part of the bit.
18th May 2002, 05:48 PM
So true Aly- as you say many people just don't know how to use pelhams or a double and it is such a shame as it gets a wonderful tool such a bad name for pulling the horse's head in, rather than their correct use to relax the lower jaw, so that the horses lowers his head of his own accord. I have very rarely found that riders have a problem with double reins once they have been shown properly how to use them using the fingers separately.
19th May 2002, 09:55 PM
I was also very nervous of using double reins until I got used to them - such a handful and I really wasn't sure whether I was doing it right or not! However, I find I get a MUCH nicer feeling with them now - I can actually be light with my hands and use my fingers in a much more subtle way because I'm not constantly fighting for a response that never seems to be forthcoming.
19th May 2002, 10:06 PM
something i do to help riders learn to use double reins is attach an extra set of reins to the noseband and use them as the snaffle rein, with the rein on the bit being the curb. it makes it much easier to learn as you aren't adjusting to how the horse goes in a new bit, and also minimises the effect of any mistakes. as an added bonus, the horse often goes a lot better when the main rein being used is the noseband one, so it's a built-in lesson about the benefits of a light contact!
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