I thought I’d take a moment and share with you a quick video about the two-rein. I’ve just recently moved my horse Dino into this set-up. He is the first two-rein horse I’ve ever made, and so I’m watching a lot of DVDs on how to NOT mess this up!
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If you’re confused about the purpose of the two rein, I’m here and ready to give you the “short” story.
Depending upon who is starting a colt, future bridle horses are started in either the snaffle or the hackamore. Some folks will say a hackamore is the traditional gear of choice. Regardless, of whether they’re started in the hackamore or snaffle, they end up on a two-rein. If started in a snaffle, they progress to the hackamore, then the two-rein; if started in the hackamore, then two-two rein, and finally progress to the bridle. By using the two-rein set-up, you teach the horse how to carry the bridle bit, and get used to being ridden one-handed in something that is familiar to him — the hackamore. In this case the hackamore is smaller (a pencil hackamore, they’re called), so as to better fit under the bridle.
Many people find bridle bits to look menacing, and think they’re cruel, but if you’ve done your work in making a bridle horse, it truly acts as a signal bit, because by the time he’s in the bridle it takes so little to communicate with him, that people should be wondering what it is you did to get the horse to do any maneuver.
I hope you enjoy this quick glance at a two-rein horse.
If you’re interested in learning more, please let me know and I will do my best to keep you updated on my progress with my horse, Dino. I’m sure looking forward to continuing my progress with him.