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Rebinder or auxiliary reins should help the beginner to learn and feel the correct seat. At best, they should get the horse to drop its neck and flare its back. The goal of any riding training should be to get away from these auxiliary reins. Auxiliary reins should only be strapped in after the horse has warmed up and not too long. In the field, reins should be removed. Well-known auxiliary reins are simple reins, the Viennese or triangular reins, Thiedemann or Lauffer reins. The auxiliary reins that should only be used by experienced riders include draw reins, chambon or gogue. Side reins such as triangular reins, simple side reins or special lunging aids are also used for lunging.
Every beginner rider knows the reins. Where the steady rider's hand and the right influence are still missing, when lunging or manual labor, reins are used. The advantage: You provide a clear framework, the horse is limited in front and on the sides. It finds support and lateral limitation. The disadvantage: When the reins are correctly buckled, it is not possible to ride forwards and downwards, as the horse is limited to the front and gets behind the reins when stretching. Completely made of elastic material, horses often seduce horses into lying on their bit and having their head carried instead of carrying it themselves. The horse comes on the forehand. Buckle the reins properly: One reins each is strapped to the saddle girth on each side. The snap hook is attached to the bit rings. The side straps should be buckled so high that they are almost horizontal with the head in a normal position. The length is adjusted so that the horse stands with the head straight and does not come behind the vertical.
Triangle reins are a modified form of the side reins and are also called Viennese reins. The triangular reins are often used for lunging. This reins is also popular with beginners who are not yet able to ride their horse by hand, but are already well-placed on the sides. The advantage: The horse finds its way into the forward-downward stretch. The back vibrates. The triangular reins also prevent the horse from lifting its head too high. The disadvantage: The triangular rein offers hardly any lateral limitation. In addition, if the horse gets too deep, it gets behind the reins. Triangle reins buckle up properly: The triangular rein consists of a single, thicker strap that divides into two straps. The three straps are connected by a metal ring. The single strap is passed through the front legs and attached to the bottom of the saddle girth (if available to the D-ring). The two often narrower straps are each passed through a bit ring from the inside to the outside and attached to the saddle girth. With a normal head position just in front of the vertical, the upper straps should be roughly horizontal.
The Thiedemann reins or Köhler reins are a somewhat softened variant of the draw reins and tighten the reins of the rider. Der Vorteil: In contrast to draw reins, the rider only holds a pair of reins in their hands. This makes the Thiedemann reins easier to use. If the straps are correctly fastened, the rider cannot exert any greater influence if the horse is walking in the correct position (unlike with draw reins). The Thiedemann reins only work if the horse takes its head too far forward or too far up. The disadvantage: The Thiedemann rein is not suitable for riders with restless hands, offers no lateral limitation and, if used incorrectly, leads to a blunt horse's mouth. Therefore, this auxiliary reins should only be used in soft and experienced rider hands that are independent of the seat and that always have a soft, springy connection between the rider's hand and horse's mouth. Buckle the Thiedemann reins properly: The neck ring and chest strap are buckled like a martingale. The two narrower straps are led from the inside out through the respective bit rings and hooked onto the metal rings on the respective reins. The Thiedemann rein must be set so long that it is only used when the horse takes its head too far up or forward.
Der Laufferzügel ist eng mit dem Dreieckszügel verwandt und
kann auch wie dieser verschnallt werden. Er besteht im Gegensatz zum Dreieckszügel aus zwei einzelnen
Lederriemen. Der Vorteil: The walker reins are probably the most variable auxiliary reins. It can be used both for forward-downward stretching and for straightening. Depending on how it is buckled.
The disadvantage: If the walker reins are buckled up like a triangle reins, there is hardly any lateral limitation. In addition, the horse may get behind the reins. If the walker reins are buckled up for erection, it is not suitable for the solution phase. Buckle the horse reins properly: For the solution work and to maintain the stretch, the walker reins are buckled like a triangle reins. In order to achieve a higher erection or more lateral limitation, one end (with a loop) is buckled up as high as possible. In the saddle, the runner reins are attached to the D-rings (to which the Maria-Hilf belt is also attached) and in the lunging belt in one of the upper rings. The runner rein is now passed from top to bottom through the respective bit ring and strapped back to the saddle or lunging belt at the height of the bow joint. A runner rein is attached to both sides of the horse. The horse has a stronger lateral limitation and is stimulated to a higher head position.
The chambon and the gogue are designed to teach the horse to lower its head when pressure is applied to its mouth and neck. In contrast to the chambon, the gogue can also be used under the rider. The chambon is only used for lunging, as the rider would have to give in the reins very quickly as soon as the horse shows the slightest forward-downward tendency. This is very demanding and can only be achieved by very few, extremely sensitive riders. Chambon and Gogue are suitable for horses that find it difficult to stretch and struggle to drop their necks. If the horse lifts its head too high, Chambon and Gogue press the neck and corner of the mouth. If the horse now lowers its head, the pressure eases. If the posture is correct, there is no help at all. The difference between Chambon and Gogue consists mainly in the fact that with the independent gogue the rubber goes through the bit back into the strap from the saddle girth and thus forms a triangle. With the guided gogue there are two options: either the ends are strapped to the reins as with the Thiedemann reins, or the rider holds a second pair of reins in their hands, as with draw reins. With the chambon, the rubber ends in the bit rings. Disadvantages of the chambons: The chambon offers neither side borders nor the possibility of leaning against it. In the worst case, the horse will curl up to avoid the pressure. If it is buckled too short, it can tighten. If, on the other hand, it is strapped too long, it can become a trip hazard. The disadvantages of the gogue: The independent gogue has the same disadvantages as the chambon, but also looks backwards. If handled incorrectly, the guided gogue acts like a draw rein and is just as demanding to operate. Important instructions: Chambon and Gogue only belong in extremely experienced riders! Incorrect buckling can also lead to violent defense reactions in the horse. Therefore, use these auxiliary reins when you only sit in the saddle under supervision. Chambon and Gogue should therefore only be used in individual cases.
The neck extender is a rather controversial auxiliary rein. The name suggests that the horse should stretch long into the forward-downward posture. But the more the horse stretches, the greater the pressure on the bit. In addition, the neck extender is ineffective when buckled correctly (sags when the head is in a normal position) and is therefore often buckled much too tight. The compliance of the neck extender leads to two more in most horses disadvantages: The horse either learns to lie down on the reins, or it crawls behind the reins to avoid the pressure. Therefore, the neck extender is not suitable for every horse.