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Re: [RC] Robyn Hood using a balance rien" - Maryanne Stroud Gabbani

Here in the land of untrained riding horses, I encountered such an object when I was just getting back to riding after 20 years as a student/grad student/mom. In Alexandria, they use an old fan belt from a car that is simply slung around the horse's neck. It's a loose fit above the shoulders but small enough and strong enough that if you haul hard on it, the horse SHOULD notice. Now that you mention them, it would be fun to see if I could ride Dory with only a loop....bet I could, but there were times when a barb wire balance rein and bit wouldn't have stopped her. It took 18 months of 20 metre circles with our favourite dressage demon to put the fear of god into Dory and to teach me to ride. <G>

Maryanne Stroud Gabbani
Cairo, Egypt
"When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the Earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return." --Leonardo da Vinci

On Monday, Mar 10, 2003, at 07:37 Africa/Cairo, Joan Ruprecht wrote:

In? Trail Blazer, Robyn Hood suggests using a "balance rein" to control the hard charging, competitive horse, a rein tied in a loop at the base of the horses neck.? Can any one give more instructions:? How tight and where is the rein when gauging tightness?? How best is it used.? I ride with a hackamore,? will it still be effective?
Ted Ruprecht

[RC] Robyn Hood using a balance rien", Joan Ruprecht