A "trainer" at the farm where I board has students work on a lunge line frequently. One of her exercises is to have the student work without stirrups or reins. Often, she will have the student unbuckle the end of the reins and then buckle them around their waist. I have been riding and around horses most of my life and had never seen this done before. It looks extremely dangerous as many of her students are beginner/intermediate riders with questionable seats and balance. Every time I see this I worry what would happen if the horse were to jump or spook and the kid is attached to the horse's face from their waist! It is also hard to watch the poor horses get their faces pulled on with each bounce!
This has been bothering me for awhile, and I was wondering has anyone else ever heard of this? (thanks also for reading my first-time posting here )
And what is her reason for this dangerous practice? if it is to keep reins from falling forward on horses neck, please show her a few ways to do this without involving any part of the riders body! I regularly lunge riders but would NEVER do this! After seeing a terrible accident at the state 4-H show where reins got around a childs neck when pony refused and she fell forward, she was drug until unconcious. Luckily pony was caught (he was in a blind panic) and she was fine, but could have been horrible outcome. Of course, this could happen to anyone, BUT doing what they are doing increases the likelyhood of riders becming tangled in the reins if they fell
The reins were normal length from what I could tell, although the horse is smaller (maybe 15.1, and short necked) the rider was an average sized teen age girl. There was tension in the reins and the horse had constant contact and pulling on his mouth.
I have no idea what she is thinking. I have seen plenty of exercises on the lunge line, but always with the reins tied up correctly, or just taken off the bridle.
I'll assume you are asking a genuine question, not stirring some local pot very indirectly and very publicly. (We have seen lots of that around here lately. FYI)
No, I have never seen this done. Ever.
I can't imagine how it would work except for a little kid on a small pony.... maybe with regular, horse-length reins. I don't think I could buckle the reins around my back without pulling my horse's nose in hard.
Yes, I think it sounds wildly unsafe.
I guess I'd say that politely and only once to the trainer. I might say it to the kid's parent. Again, just once and politely. IMO, that's all you get.
This is up there as one of the dumber things I've heard. I can't imagine the reasoning for such a thing. Never mind the fact that having the reins attached to your person while riding is pretty stupid, I imagine the horse must be awfully uncomfortable. Must be a very short-necked horse and very thin rider! I would start by asking the trainer to explain why she does this particular "exercise" and go from there.
findeight, such great advice about boarding! I have been just watching, keeping my mouth shut, and doing my own thing. I am worried about her students though, and am amazed at how many people listen to this "trainer".
I thought it would be a good idea to get some opinions and advice here before (or if) I do say anything
As a muggle mom, I definitely wouldn't have realized how dangerous this "technique" is when my DD first started riding. If there is any way possible to alert the parents or the BO, please do before a tragedy occurs.