Equine aids

What are equine aids?

Equine aids are training aids and there are several types available. All of these gadgets have one thing in common, that is they are used to improve a horse’s way of going or to control a strong fresh horse.





What are side reins?

This horse training aid has adjustable straps which run from the bit or lunging caverson to either the saddle or roller.

Side reins are used on young horses to accept contact, or to work in hand from the ground.

It is useful to improve a horse’s way of going or controlling a strong or fresh horse.

This gadget assist’s in improving a horse’s straightness and is ideal for the little pony that likes to put his head down and munch on the grass instead of listening to his rider.

Side reins are available in leather, nylon, synthetic webbing and some with elastic or rubber ring inserts.

When you introduce side reins take your time and shorten them one hole at a time, always making sure they are equal.

As soon as you have finished working the horse, release the side reins so the horse or pony can have a good stretch while cooling off.

Running rein

This is a popular horse training aid to improve suppleness.

They are similar to side reins, running from the side of the girth by the saddle panels to the bit and then to the riders hands. The rider is now holding two reins, so once again the rider has double reins.

These reins encourage a horse to flex his jaw.


What are draw reins?

Draw reins run from the centre of the girth, which is under the belly, passing through the bit rings and back to the rider’s hands, so once again the rider is using double reins.

There are a number of types of various designs from leather, nylon, synthetic webbing and some with elastic or rubber ring inserts.

When you introduce side reins take your time and shorten the one hole at a time, making sure they are equal.

As soon as you have finished working the horse, release the side reins so the horse or pony can have a stretch while cooling off.

What is a chambron?

The chambron is used for lunging horses and consists of a strap, which runs from the middle of the girth up to the top of the horse’s head where it is thread through a special headpiece, then back down to clip onto the horse’s bit.


De Gougue


The De gouge is similar to that of the chambron only instead of the lead attaching to the bit it continues to the rider’s hands.

This gadget is used for loose schooling, lunging and can also be used when jump training at home, although you do need to be a skilled rider first.

Abbot-Davies balancing reins

This training aid was developed in the 1970’s and designed to improve muscle structure in order to work in the correct outline.

This gadget works on spring-loaded pulleys, which attach to the bit and also have three different positions for operating.

Pessoa

The famous show jumper Nelson Pessoa invented the pessoa.

This gadget is used when lunging the horse.

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