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Draw Reins, Side Reins, Martingales, Bits… Is Extra “Equipment” Helpful?

Walk into any tack store and you will find what may feel like endless options of equipment for horse and rider.

There are walls of different kinds of bits, variations of bridles, reins, nosebands, and training aids that vary from simple to complex.

Many of these tools are designed to change how a horse feels pressure or how they carry their body. Tools such as side reins, draw reins, flash nosebands, training systems, and more.

So how do you know when a tool may be helpful or if it will cause more problems? How do you determine what is a quick fix gadget or something that could really help you and your horse?

In the video below, I will share several questions to guide you in determining what to use and what to skip.

To learn more about choosing a bit for your horse, watch When Do You Need a Bigger Bit?

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