Long reins

During the work on the long reins, horse and rider get to know aids from the reins and hands, either from the seamless transition from lunging or through starting directly with the long reins. From our position on the ground, we now get a good view of the horse’s spine and can understand and work with the horse from yet another perspective. Once the frame is solidified, we can begin to school the joints of the hind quarters in collection which we can influence directly from our position. 

Work on the long reins is a little extra. It can be helpful in overcoming certain challenges. Unfortunately, this type of work isn’t always possible. With very tall horses or very short riders, information can no longer be transmitted correctly via the long reins.