Soften the Inside Rein



When the rider is holding the inside rein with too much pressure, the horse is unhappy, uncomfortable and will not move with complete freedom in any gait. A simple effective excercise for the rider is to continually release the inside rein by softening the arm muscles and relaxing the shoulders. The result is impressive with a horse in balance. Note the difference the rider makes in these two images. Try focusing on a creating a soft neck in your horse simply by relaxing in the saddle without throwing away the connection.