Reins get caught on shaft - help!

Discussion in 'Driving Miniature Horses' started by xrdh, Jun 10, 2015.

Help Support Miniature Horse Talk by donating:

  1. Jun 10, 2015 #1

    xrdh

    xrdh

    xrdh

    Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2015
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    18
    My young mini mule is going to his first show in less than two weeks. He does great at home, but a trial run down to a neighbor's arena showed that he won't stand still for more that 3 seconds and he rubber-necks and gets his reins caught on the shafts - a lot!

    My harness doesn't have rings on the breast collar tie that goes over his mane, it has one thin strap that I normally attach to the center hook on the saddle.

    Any advice on how to keep the reins from getting under the (curved) shafts?

    Jasper driving June 5, 2015 003 crop.jpg

    Jasper driving June 5, 2015 004 crop.jpg

    Jasper driving June 5, 2015 006 crop.jpg
     
  2. Jun 10, 2015 #2

    Marsha Cassada

    Marsha Cassada

    Marsha Cassada

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2005
    Messages:
    7,670
    Likes Received:
    3,707
    Location:
    Southwest Oklahoma
    What a handsome fellow! Hope you get some ideas.

    btw, what kind of bit are you using? I'm always interested in bits. [​IMG]
     
    xrdh likes this.
  3. Jun 11, 2015 #3

    horsenarounnd

    horsenarounnd

    horsenarounnd

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2011
    Messages:
    91
    Likes Received:
    26
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    The neck stap that supports your breast collar should go over the neck, not back to the saddle. You will get a better fit for your breast collar and may get better performance from your mini. By putting the strap in the proper place you will also have a couple of options for your problems with your lines. You can have terrets attached to the neck strap to keep your lines in a position up closer to the neck which will keep them away from the shaft tips. You can also try running the lines under the neck strap to help keep them closer to your minis neck and lessen the chance of getting them caught.

    The ultimate answer to your problem is working to get your mini to stand quietly without tossing his head. Getting the lines caught is a serious safety hazard. Good Luck
     
    xrdh likes this.
  4. Jun 11, 2015 #4

    xrdh

    xrdh

    xrdh

    Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2015
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    18
    Thanks, Horsenaround. I came to that conclusion, too, although I've never seen a strap hung from a mini's neck in the show ring. I'm on my way to see a harness maker this morning. Zilco makes an adjustable neck strap ring which I would love to have, but don't have enough time to get before the show next weekend.

    I've never considered running the reins under the strap! I'll definitely try it at home, but I think the judges might frown on that, as it might interfere, somewhat, in my communication with his mouth.

    Patience is the hardest thing to teach a colt! It takes patience on my part, and I haven't fully learned patience for myself, yet.

    Marsha, I love my Myler bit (photo) for my good, class B driving mini, but I didn't want to spend another $150 for a bit for this 32" mule since I really won't be driving him much after this first show season, so I bought a knock-off for $25 that seems to work really well for him. It doesn't swivel/hinge as nicely as the Myler to lift a shoulder, but for the money it's a great bit. I couldn't get a photo of the cheap bit to download, but it's similar, with a raised port for more tongue relief.

    Toby's Myler bit.jpg
     
  5. Jun 11, 2015 #5

    drmatthewtaylor

    drmatthewtaylor

    drmatthewtaylor

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2011
    Messages:
    717
    Likes Received:
    132
    A martingale would keep the reins tighter to his neck.

    Also, your cart is just a little too far forward. Moving tat back will help some too.

    Dr. Taylor
     
    xrdh likes this.
  6. Jun 23, 2015 #6

    xrdh

    xrdh

    xrdh

    Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2015
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    18
    UPDATE: I had a harness maker make me a nice neck strap with rings for the reins that really helps with keeping the reins high enough to not catch the shafts. We attended our first show on Saturday and he got excited and managed to turn his head in such a way as to get the rein stuck right there in the middle of a class with the judges and everyone else there watching.

    What was the proper thing to do? - Keep driving as if it wasn't stuck, or reach up with my whip to try to un-hook it, or stop and get out?

    I chose to reach up with my whip and un-hook it. No one said anything either way, although it caused some concern amongst the crowd. I wasn't DQ'ed, but I wonder what the proper action should have been.

    Good advice, Dr.Taylor. I'll take it.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 23, 2015
  7. Jun 23, 2015 #7

    Marsha Cassada

    Marsha Cassada

    Marsha Cassada

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2005
    Messages:
    7,670
    Likes Received:
    3,707
    Location:
    Southwest Oklahoma
    What a silly boy! I think you did the correct thing. I would never get out of the cart in a class. If had been something really dangerous, perhaps it would be appropriate to request the help of the steward.

    otherwise, how did he do?

    Glad you found someone to help you with the harness.
     
    xrdh likes this.

Draft saved Draft deleted

Share This Page

Group Builder
arrow_white