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Are You Riding With Your Reins at the Right Length?
Your rein length is crucial to your success in riding, particularly in Dressage. Throughout your rides, there will be many different ideal rein lengths, as there is an optimal length for each individual situation. Obviously your horse will need to have a longer rein when working long and low, and a shorter rein for collection. But since every horse is unique, the precise length of rein needed at any given moment will vary with each circumstance.
One thing is for sure, however... if you are riding with your reins either too long or too short, you will find it difficult to properly ride forward into the contact. Which means that your horse will be much less likely to happily move into the connection. Here is how to tell if your reins are too long or too short, and what will likely happen if you do ride that way...