I have been working with children and horses for over 20 years. One of the most frustrating things about teaching children to ride is helping them learn to steer without knowing “left” and “right” or “inside” and “outside” reins. Proper rein length is also difficult for kids to understand.
Using the concepts of occupational therapy I modified my trail reins to make it easier for young children and those with disabilities to gain independence with steering. I developed reins with different colors for “left” and “right” reins.
Tying one or two knots in the reins gives riders both visual and tactile cues for correct hand placement. When using two knots the rider can move hands below the second knot to shorten rein length for trotting.
Once the knots are tied in the Paracord it is easy to move them up and down to accommodate riders with longer or shorter arms or adjust for the length of the horse’s neck without unhooking the reins.
Therapy reins are woven together without the use of buckles or snaps that can break or come apart in the middle. The bit snaps are braided securely onto the ends. Therapy reins come stock in highly contrasting colors and, as with all Rein Maker Creations, can be custom ordered in your choice of colors.
Having Reins that are two different colors helps me as an instructor as well as decreasing the frustration of the rider and the horse. It is easier to direct more than one rider in steering, especially if I have one rider coming toward me and another going away. I don’t have to think about which is their right or left in relation to my right or left.
What do people say?
“We absolutely love our therapy reins and so do our riders! We love that it helps our riders know which rein to use if they do not know left from right, which gives them more independence and ability to control the horse by themselves. Our riders really enjoy holding the reins and being able to tie knots in them lets us dictate exactly where they hold on. We have had especially great success using them with riders who do not like to hold onto reins or who typically hold on to the buckle.”
Hallie Myers, Program Director, Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center