Using Draw Reins

Draw reins are used to help train your horse to gain collection. Journal photo Draw reins are used to help train your horse to gain collection. Journal photo
January 30, 2018

Using Draw Reins

Two professionals share words of wisdom about this horse-training aid.
From The American Quarter Horse Journal
To get a productive conversation started on draw reins, right and wrong, the Journal sat down with two highly respected trainers who are no stranger to the AQHA rail-and-pattern world: AQHA Professional Horseman Charlie Cole of Pilot Point, Texas, and AQHA Professional Horsewoman Lainie DeBoer of Hugo, Minnesota.

Here’s what they had to share:

Charlie Cole

Q: What’s the purpose behind using draw reins?

A: Draw reins are used to help train your horse to gain collection. That’s what I use them for. I personally have seen them used quite a bit in many disciplines: reining, western riding, trail, pleasure, barrel racing and the hunter world.
 
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Lainie DeBoer

Q: Where do draw reins go really wrong?

A: When they are used to set a horse’s head in a way that’s forceful.We’re riding horses whose instinct is fight or flight. Anytime they feel overpowered or trapped, you’re going to get one of those responses, and neither is good. They only naturally react to what we do to them. When someone is being abusive with draw reins, that rider is forcing a horse to do something it is not comfortable doing at that point.
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Trends 

There are trends in draw rein use that - taken together - can flag the quality of how they are being used. How would a visitor add up the trends in your barn?

Read more about draw reins at AQHA Daily.