The 2 Rein outfit http://bit.ly/23apPLx has two sets of reins used together to transition a horse from the hackamore to bridle. One set is attached to the bosalita (narrow bosal) that is worn under the bridle. The other is attached to the bit.
The transition requires careful handling of the reins while taking the time necessary to keep the horse’s mouth light. A rider uses the hackamore rein exclusively in the beginning while the horse learns to carry the bit. Slowly the bridle rein cues can be added as the horse is able to understand the meaning and accept them without stiffening, pulling or becoming frightened. It takes between 1 and 2 years of consistent and careful riding and training for the horse to be ridden with the bit alone or be “bridled up”.
This training outfit came to the North American west with the Spanish vaqueros in the late 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries. The cattle were fast and rangy in those days. The vaqueros used this time tested technique to train their horses to move quickly and correctly to maneuver the agile cattle. Once their horses were bridled up the use of the bit was limited to almost invisible movements of the vaquero’s hands. The Spanish vaqueros taught the early Californians their training techniques including the use of the 2 Rein.
With the decline of the great cattle herds in the west in the late 1800s the training methods of the vaqueros became almost lost. The National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) was organized with the idea of keeping this type of training in use. The NRCHA includes exciting classes at their shows for horses in the 2 Rein stage of training (NRCHA.com).
If you’d like to try this time-honored method of training in your program give us a call, 817-312-5305, we’d like to visit with you or click: http://bit.ly/23apPLx for more information on our handmade Dennis Moreland Tack 2 Rein Outfits.
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