Rider rein perception

Interesting article from thehorse.com by Christa Leste-Lasserre called Riders’ Perception of Rein Tension found its way to my inbox recently.

I agree that riders probably judge themselves to have much more contact than they do, but found it interesting that dressage riders tended to be closer with their estimates to their actual tension than riders of other disciplines.

Toni rode Kobi several weeks ago and asked how much rein tension I used.  Just watching her ride, I thought it looked fine…until I rode him again.  I use much more tension that I told her to use.  I thought it was an interesting fact.  I’m sure I’m one of those riders who are afraid of being too harsh on my horse’s mouth (both with me and other riders).

But this article opened my eyes – beware, Kobi!

About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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