Reins Horse Tack

Rein Horse Tack

The western reins are often supplied with the western headstall. Powerful, supple reins have a leather-like feel and a matt finish. Rein for purebred racing bridles. You can choose between buckle or loop end reins. So, what is the purpose of all this equipment?


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Mechanical Head Tack

Every trip to your neighbourhood store will show that horse gear is certainly not restricted to calipers and bikes. Before that we dealt in detail with the scientific aspects of an important turning point, the saddlecloth. We have contacted equestrian researchers around the world this months to get an overview of reins, Martingale and other types of accessories.

In the ideal case, your horse only needs a harness and a harness (some people say you don't even need it, but new research shows the advantages of the compression of properly adjusted harnesses over the rider's unstretched harness. So, what is the point of all this equipment?

Sure, reins and bit can help you get across where your horse should go and when you want it to stop or slower. Veterinarians and equestrians say that fences and accessories are primarily collecting help. It can also help to rectify the impact of an instable driver.

According to Lars Roepstorff, D.Phil., Chair of Rural Functionality at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale) Animal Science Consultant, a horse that has been gathered has a clearer shoulders and greater commitment in the hindquarters and better supports the horse on its back. In spite of our best endeavours, we tend to give imprecise or contradictory signs when we drive and we do not always make or let go of the reins as we should.

That is especially (but not exclusively) for beginners, says Camie Heleski, a doctorate, equestrian scholar and co-ordinator of the Michigan State University Horse Managment Progamm. Beginners have a tendency to use relatively slight stress in the reins most of the times, with occasional strong tensions.

Of course, the main accessories for the heads are the bridles. The longer the shaft (side or cheek) of the dentition is, the greater the amount of force the bridles exert on the survey, although scientists have not proved this, says Hayley Randle, PhD, Ph. Duchy College, Cornwall, UK, scientist in the equitation sci. group.

Randle explained that the level of reins with which a driver maintains constant touch with the teeth varied greatly with the narrowness of the nose strap. Narrow nosebones put such great strain on the delicate nose bones that the International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) recently asked the FIE to adopt a policy that nose bands that are used in a competitive environment must not be narrower than the width of two hands above the nose floor, using an approved taper mechanism.

Similarly, biteless bridle forces exert greater stress on the soft tissue of the human brain, says Hilary M. Clayton, BVMS, PHD, Dipl. ACVSMR, MRCVS, McPhail Dressage Chair Emerita at Michigan State University and Mason, Michigan, M. Pull the reins from the nut or strap through the teeth to the rider's hand.

The mechanism of the reins is divided into two parts, he states. Roeepstorff and his research group have been investigating the kinematic (measurement of the movement of the body) of reins for several years and have confirmed that these are strong instruments. "That' s the opposite of what you want from these reins," he says. Among the dangers of inappropriate strain on the reins are the strain on the forelegs, which can result in an elevated level of paralysis, explained Mr Roepstorff, but also long times of hyperclexion or uneasiness, which can cause mental health issues such as conflicts and an unwillingness to work.

If you use them wrongly, you can cause permanent harm to your horse - both physical and mental. Various Martingal variants provide similar results as the Laufmartingal, among them the British Laufmartingal and the Arabic Trainings Martinga. All of these Martingal grades have a light leverage effect, but not the pulpy-effect of reins, Roepstorff states.

Heleski nevertheless warns against using them on a horse that tends to bend because the horseman looses the lever effect and the angle necessary for controlling an accident. Whereas vertical Martingale and bindings work by exerting force only on the cheeks, the champons run down a line along the cheeks to exert more force on the forehead.

Lateral reins are attached directly from the teeth to a nut, belt or harness at various planes. The trainer and rider normally use the side reins only during ground work, especially when lunging, although they use them on lunging ponies. There are other things, however, that influence this suspense. Both Clayton and her crew investigated the impact of side pull length and resilience on trotting.

When the reins get tighter, the stress rises. As the reins become more flexible, the lower the maximal and mean stress. Does shorter but very flexible side reins produce less or more stress than long, rigid reins? "The most interesting thing was perhaps that the horse was more willing to make and keep in touch (with the teeth) with an elasticized lanyard (which carries an elasticized insert)," says Clayton.

At the Uppsala University of Agriculture, Marie Rhodin, a doctoral student, examined the effect of the reins on the horse's inseam. It found that when the horses' head was set high, the crotch was shorter and the mobility of the back was limited, both at walking and trotting. But when the horse's head was low, both the step length and the back became more flexible.

The accessory for the top bolt is not only used to keep this part here or to avoid it being moved there. The research into headgear accessoires is new, but over time the rider can count on the expertise of experienced specialists to make sure that the accessory they are choosing and the way they use it is the right one for their horse.

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