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Pressure Release

Pressure Release

Elastic
Elastic

Elastic isn’t fantastic, at least when it comes to reins, say researchers at Duchy College (UK). Elastic inserts make it more difficult to reward horses because it can take up to three seconds for pressure to be fully released as the elastic slowly regains its shape. Fixed reins, on the other hand, allow riders to release pressure in less than one second, an acceptable time frame for a horse to associate an action with a reward. “It is really important to understand how fast we are releasing pressure, since pressure release is fundamental to what we riders do,” says Haley Randle PhD.

Ranking Risks

Ranking Risks

Making Holes

Making Holes