Tell Me About Vienna Reins
I've seen vienna reins mentioned a few times in discussions here, but I haven't heard much about them, nor have I seen them used. It is my understanding that they are a training tool used prominently in Europe and just started leaking over here to North America recently.
I've read a bit online, but I would love to hear personal experiences/opinions. What do you like or dislike about them? How do you compare them to side reins? To a chambon?
(For reference, I have a 3yo WB mare whom I rode for the first time today. Her summer is going to consist of very light riding (both due to her age and my work constraints), and hopefully hacking as much as possible.
She's been lunged a few times and has picked it up very quickly. I have never been huge on lunging for training, but find sometimes it's easiest for them to learn themselves vs from a rider. I have no concerns with trying to establish a frame/head set, but wouldn't be opposed to using a tool to help her learn to balance properly and develop the muscles she'll need for undersaddle work.
I also have no intention of lunging her all the time, but wouldn't necessarily be opposed to sticking her on the lunge for 15 minutes before a ride once or week or something like that.)
I made mine from rope & snaps (home depot)
I homemade mine too. My dressage instructor told me how. Just bought some rope (a certain kind/width...it's soft and thin) and snaps from Home Depot.
Used electric tape to secure the snap ends. (thread rope through snap-end, and fold back onto itself by say 3 inches. WRAP the eletric tape around, to secure)
Cost less than $10 bucks.
You just have have a good eye to adjust it properly, because I literally tie it on. (snap the ends onto the bottom of the girth, through the bit and over to the d-rings)
Originally Posted by Reagan