draw reins and side reins questions
Question #1: recently called about a horse for sale. I googled to find a video of it, and it showed the horse with one draw rein to the side, and one to between the legs. When I asked the trainer about it her reply was "I thought you showed dressage??! This is a common fix for a horse with a soft side". Not only had a never heard of this, I cannot comprehend how it would help. Is there merit to this technique and if so, how/why?
Question #2: I started my Red Headed filly under saddle without lunging due to an injury, so she has never worn side reins. She is doing well, so I thought she could now learn about lunging and today I put the side reins on (albeit loosely). She looked horrid, so I went back to inhand work; pressure up on the corners drop her head, whereas the lower pressure of the side reins made her invert and argue.
This made me wonder if side reins are perhaps counter productive in general when starting horses. is this perhaps why I see so many soft, but inverted horses in the baby classes? I have seen horses look good in side reins, but typically those were naturally uphill horses or older/balanced horses.