How To Train A Horse To Rein

How To Train A Horse To Rein


Are you having trouble training your horse to rein? It’s a common issue. The good news is that there are steps you can take to make this process easier on both yourself and your horse. If you follow these simple steps, you can train your horse to rein in no time:

Choose a bit.

The right bit is an essential component of rein training. The shape and size of a horse’s mouth, as well as the material it is made from, will determine the best type of bit for your horse. Finding one that is appropriate for your animal will help you have better control over its movements when riding and make things much easier for both you and your horse.

Put on a slobber strap under the bit.

Slobber straps are used to prevent the bit from moving around. They’re usually made of leather or nylon, but can also be made of cotton. Slobber straps are usually attached to the bridle and/or bit.

Choose a bridle.

A bridle is a leather headpiece that holds the bit and reins for controlling your horse. It has three parts: the browband, cheekpieces and noseband. The browband goes over the top of your horse’s head and connects to either side of the halter at an angle before wrapping around under his jaw line. The noseband then attaches on either side of this, extending below his chin.

The cheekpieces are connected between each side of their face by another strap called a cavesson, which loops around their throatlatch (a piece on their halter). This is where you’ll find your reins attached; they run through rings in either side of each cheekpiece before attaching again to your hand hold at varying lengths depending on how much control you need over him during training sessions or competition events – shorter reins allow more control than longer ones do!

Put the reins on the bridle.

  • Put the reins on the bridle.
  • Make sure they’re the right length and attached to either a bit (if you’re using one) or directly to the bridle itself.
  • If you’ve done everything correctly and your horse still isn’t responding, try moving on to another step in this process.

Give slight pressure with the reins and give a verbal command.

When you’re teaching your horse to rein, do not give the horse any pressure with the reins. The purpose of this exercise is for you to help get your horse used to rein pressure and how it feels, so try not to pull on the reins when you first begin.

You also want to make sure that whatever command you use has meaning and can be easily understood by your horse. When we say “whoa”, we want our horses stop moving forward as soon as possible (even if they stop at a trot), but when we say “back up”, we’re giving them an instruction that can take some time to understand fully and execute correctly. These are just two examples of how important it is for us what words or phrases we choose!

Overtime, the horse will learn to respond to your command and the reins will do less work and more of a guiding function.

Overtime, the horse will learn to respond to your command and the reins will do less work and more of a guiding function. Use these steps to train your horse how to rein:

  • Start with a very short lead rope, around six feet in length. The shorter line allows you more control over the horse when training him how to rein.
  • Put one end of the lead rope through your left hand, then cross it under itself so that it loops around your wrist two times and forms a figure eight shape (one end should be longer than the other). This setup allows for greater control when riding, so you can steer or halt your horse easily if needed!

Use these steps to train your horse how to rein

  • Begin by riding your horse in a large open area, such as a field or large arena.
  • Allow the horse to walk forward freely until it approaches you on its own accord, which may be from 10 to 20 meters away from where you are standing. It is important not to move any closer than this distance because then the horse will think that you are trying to rope him/her and not lead them with the rein.
  • When he/she does approach close enough for you to reach out with one hand, lay your left hand flat over his shoulder (this will be referred as “left shoulder” because we’re looking at it from behind). This is called “pinching” or “touching.” You should always keep some tension in your reins so that they don’t slack off too much when touching or leading (see step 5).
  • Once they have been touched properly they must then be led away from where they came from by using a verbal command like “whoa” or “back up” while still keeping some tension in their reins so that there isn’t too much slack created between their mouth and hands (see step 5).


Now you are ready to take a ride on your horse. It may take some time but with consistent training your horse will learn to rein with no problem at all.

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