Upon reading about the Rein-Aid, I was immediately interested. It was evident that these were products designed not only for a rider, but more important, for a horse. Available in both full reins, or as inserts, Rein-Aid allows an elastic feel between the rider's hands and the horse's mouth.
Rein-Aid Inserts were tested on both green and advanced horses. Each one appeared calmer and more willing to respond to the bit. As I have a tendency to be hard on a horse's mouth, especially when giving a bit of a 'nip' to correct unwanted behavior, Rein-Aid allowed me to truly have an elastic feel.
One of the horses the Rein-Aid was tested on is known to chomp down on a bit and fight when a rider is being too hard. The Rein-Aid made him soft and supple, more then willing to accept the bit.
Another, more green horse, also needing a soft feel, responded just as well. It allowed for more of a steady feel without the horse becoming defensive and unresponsive. The Rein-Aid helped to settle the young horse, working with nice and smooth half-halts.
The Rein-Aid allowed softer more elastic feel and a smoother connection in each horse they were tried on.
Prices (if ordered directly from Rein-Aid Productions):
Rein-Aid Inserts $36.00
Rein-Aid Draw Reins $49.95
Rein-Aid Elasto-Reins $99.95 available in cotton, rubber, flat, laced or braided leather
Rein-Aid® inserts easily attach to your current bridle and promote the feeling of an elastic, following contact. Rein-Aid® encourages horses to relax, accept the bit and round through their topline. A leather loop limits the stretch of elastic for precision and safety. Rein-Aid® teaches the rider the feeling of soft hands without changing their ability to control the horse.
The Rein-Aid® insert buckles to the bit and the reins buckle to a ring on the Rein-Aid® as shown in the photo (above). Riders should tie a knot in the bight (end) of their reins if the reins become excessively long and shorter reins are not available. The Elasto-Rein® eliminates this problem as the elastic and loop are built directly into the reins.
Rein-Aid® in Training...
All riders, no matter what discipline they ride, seek harmony with their horse (this is where riding seems really easy). This requires a balanced seat, the ability to follow the motion of the horse, tact, and independence of the aids. Any stiffness in the rider will result in a lack of harmony.
Stiffness in the riders arms and hands will cause the horse to become tense, hollow, rigid or downright disobedient. This situation is common and an elastic contact allows the horse to relax and trust the bit.
Rein-Aid® helps the horse ‘forgive’ mistakes made by the less than perfect rider. Not only is this better for the horse, but it keeps him willing and easier to ride. Because the horse is rounder and softer with an elastic contact, the rider can focus on ‘feel’, position, timing, etc. As the skill level grows, so does the horse’s trust in the rider and the wonderful feeling of harmony can be achieved.
Professionals are reaching for the Rein-Aid® to reschool their sensitive horses that are ‘afraid’ of the rider’s hand. For these horses, obtaining a contact is very difficult, they simply are not willing to ‘hold hands with the rider’. The slight give in the rein alleviates their fear of being trapped. Also extensively used for horses that are stiff or locked in the jaw, Rein-Aid® encourages the horse to chew gently on the bit (creating that saliva we love to see) and soften through their topline. All this is achieved in a compassionate, safe manner without the need for training aids that artificially force the head down.