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Directions for a Draw Rein

By Kat Walden | Updated September 26, 2017

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Items you will need

  • Horse

  • Bridle with reins

  • Snaffle bit

  • Saddle

  • Girth

  • Draw reins

Draw reins potentially make a great training tool for your horse, but only when used properly. Improper use of draw reins can ruin an otherwise good horse. Prior to considering using draw reins, you must have an independent seat and quiet hands that can gently follow your horse's mouth. If your horse refuses to move forward off your leg, refuses to accept contact with the bit, or curls his head to his chest, draw reins are not the answer for your horse.

Tacking Up

Tack up your horse with your usual saddle, girth and bridle. If you don't normally use a snaffle bit, change your bit to a snaffle before using draw reins.

Place the draw reins across your horse's neck. On each side, run the draw rein from the outside of the bit, through the ring on the snaffle bit, and back to the girth. If you're correcting an inverted horse, who carries his head raised and his back hollowed, attach the draw reins to the center of the girth between the horse's legs. If your horse stiffens without either giving to the bit or raising his head, attach the draw reins to the girth at his side, just below the saddle flap.

Mount your horse and pick up your reins.

Riding With Draw Reins

Hold your reins like you would hold those of a double bridle. Keep the regular bridle rein on the outside and the draw rein on the inside.

Maintain light contact with your horse's mouth.

Ask your horse to move forward into the bridle by using leg pressure. Don't pull on the draw reins.

Squeeze the outside rein gently and loosen the inside rein as you increase pressure on your horse's side with your inside leg. He should seek your outside rein by stretching his neck forward into the bridle.

Release pressure on the reins when your horse responds correctly.

Limit your training sessions with the draw reins to only five or 10 minutes at a time, and don't use draw reins every day. Keep the experience positive.

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