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DbarH Equine Training. Natural Horsemanship.

Medicine Lodge Valley, Dillon, Montana

Drawreins

We know what the drawreins do in appearance but do people know what the feeling of draw reins is to a horse.

With drawreins they look like the green or the orange lines in the photo.

  • What do the green and orange lines look like?
    ~ A pulley.

  • What is the function of a pulley?
    ~ It brings an object away from where it is to a point in which it is in the middle of two points of pulling with greater force.

  • The parts in the photo are numbered 1, 2 , and 3.
    ~ 1 is one end that is tied to a solid object - cinch/girth or the saddle ring
    ~ 2 is the pulley block - the bit ring.
    ~ 3 is the end that is equal to one power by itself - the riders hands.

  • By attaching 3 and go through 2,
    ~ 1 has twice the power to influence the object attached to 3.
    ~ It changes the direction of the object and the force on the number 3 end.

    Now how the object moves to this is what the stickler is.

  • (Use in conjunction with the first photo) If you had a broken log and you attached the pulley(2) on to the front of the log and tied the solid end to a stationary object (1) and used a pulling back force (3) we'll say a tractor that could not pull the log if hooked with a single straight line or had great ease using the pulley system.

  • The broken log symbolizes the jaw or the poll.

  • 4 is the bit ring

  • 5 is the mouth/poll

  • 6 is the rest of the body.

  • In A there is no forced tension yet.

  • In B the pulley pulls on the attached object as the object gets pulled the broken log receives tense where it is broke.
    ~ The broken section cannot follow the front half, because the pulley could not help the back half of the broken log.
    ~ In C the front half of the log (4) is where it needs to be but the broken half (6) is still in the same location as in A as nothing helped it along.
    ~ The space in-between (5) is separated at a great distance.

    Try the drawrein action on yourself.

  • One person being the horse and the other is the rider.

  • Use one long string as the reins and run through your mouth acting as the bit.

  • What happens with your head?
    ~ Feel the tension on the jaw and top of the neck.

  • What does the rest of the body feel like?
    ~ Tension in the shoulders.
    ~ Nothing is a developed rising. But all a put in to a placed position.

  • Now relaxed round yourself.
    ~ There is no tension with the jaw.
    ~ The neck muscles and vertebra are rounding comfortably.
    ~ No tension in the shoulder.
    ~ There is stretching all around

 

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