How to Ride With One Rein

Are you a horse lover? Here's how to ride with one rein. Although do be careful if you are riding a young or nervous horse as this could confuse them and cause them to act up.


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    Get your helmet, a lead rope, a horse, and a saddle (unless you want to ride bareback).
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    If your horse is trained to ride with just a regular halter (not of leather, but one it wears all the time), or a hackamore, you can do this.
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    Take your lead rope, and attach it to the halter.
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    Use this as your rein.
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    Mount the horse, not letting your rein be too loose, or pulling on its head.
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    This will require using your body to tell the horse what you want (gently using your knees, pressing with your leg against the opposite side of the direction you want to go, rotation of your torso etc. ex: if you want to turn right, press with your left leg, and turn your torso and head to the right, looking up).
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    If your horse is not wanting to go the direction you want to go (is not neck reining or listening to body commands) then simply take your long rein and flip it over your horse's head to the other side (the side you wish to turn to) and use it like a regular rein (pulling toward that direction).


  • Wear your helmet.
  • Remember: your horse is learning with you so be patient as you both learn.
  • Have fun!
  • Neck rein as much as possible.


  • Flipping the rein over your horse's head takes some practice. You probably will hit him/her in the head at least twice before you get it. Use a patient horse while you both learn this new technique. We all know how much an inpatient horse likes to be hit in the head!

Things You'll Need

  • A bitless bridle
  • A lead rope, or very long reins that are in one length not two.
  • a patient horse
  • A ring (you don't want to first try this on trail...)
  • A spotter, just in case things go wrong

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Categories: Riding