It's been awhile sense I have posted to my blog. No excuse. Just have not felt up to it.
I'm working with one of my buddies horses this past month, getting him to be soft and start to understand the concept of collection. In the picture above you see Gunnie, that's his name, wearing the solid rein. He started out in a bungie cord rein. Why you ask? So that if, and when, he tried to find the answer to this problem of collection, he could stretch out his neck or grab hold of the bit and pull. With the bungie cord rein he can do those things without it grabbing hold of HIM. He can stretch the reins out but will not find comfort till he puts his head where he is being asked.
He has been in the bungie cord reins for a week and yesterday was his first day in the solid reins. When I ride him I use my regular set of looped reins and then pick up this second rein. This method is call the double rein method. It was invented by, now, a good friend Al Ragusin. He has tons of info on his web site on the rein and how you can get yourself a set. They have proven to be one of the best tools I have used to help a horse to understand collection and to correct a whole host of other issues.
Here is his website. I don't make a dime off of promoting Al and the double reins but I think they are worth the price. Anyone can do it and learn the process. Everything on his site, the instructional information and videos are all FREE.
Al told me the other day that I have used the double reins longer then anyone else. I've known Al for several years but, have never met him face to face. We talk on the phone from time to time and I do look forward to meeting him. Please share this around so that others can learn about this wonderful process.
Kathy and I are planning on putting a clinic on back in Kansas in July. If anyone is interested in attending or coming just to watch, please contact us. I will be showing the double reins and how they work, as well and working with folks one on one to help them with any issues they may be having with their horses. Please spread the word and lets see what we can make happen.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.