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BIKO, USEA Horse of the Century

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Read Rein-Aid founder Kim Keppick's heartwarming remembrance about Biko, USEA Horse of the Century, featured in an article in the September 2014, American Riding Instructor's Association (ARIA) E-Newsletter. (For more information about ARIA, click on the link in the comments section, below. Photo credit: Kim and Biko, 1991. Photo by V.J. Zabek.) Click on the link to read the article in detail.

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Rein-Aid & Trust

Rein-Aid & Trust | Helping You to Help Your Horse | Scoop.it
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"I believe trust is important for all horse and rider combinations. I've found the Elasto-Rein® increases the horse's trust in the rider, and improves the consistency of their performance." ~ Rein-Aid professional rider review from David O'Connor, 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Eventing Team USA Coach, and Olympic Gold Medalist (Photo courtesy of Karl Leck/USESA)

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Sally Cousins’ Weekly Training Tip: Confidence on the Flat - Eventing Nation - Three-Day Eventing News, Results, Videos, and Commentary

Sally Cousins’ Weekly Training Tip: Confidence on the Flat - Eventing Nation - Three-Day Eventing News, Results, Videos, and Commentary | Helping You to Help Your Horse | Scoop.it
We are delighted to introduce Sally Cousins as our newest guest blogger, as she shares her wealth of knowledge with us in the form of weekly training tips. We hope these nuggets of information can be integrated
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Another great training tip from Sally Cousins... Sally’s training philosophy–coupled with Rein-Aid products–helps to make a solid foundation for any discipline!

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Rein-Aid and Vaulting...

Rein-Aid and Vaulting... | Helping You to Help Your Horse | Scoop.it
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Rein-Aid products are effective across many disciplines and equestrian sports. This week's Rein-Aid "Tuesday Testimonial" is from the sport of vaulting! In the photo is Kylee, who just won her division at the East Coast Regional Championships, June 28 - 29, 2014, in Lexington, Virginia. The horse, Craughwell, is a former event horse. He received high scores for his skills as a lunging horse, using the Rein-Aid Soft-Lunge. Congratulations, Kylee and Craughwell, and thank you for sending in your photo!

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Rein-Aid & Performance

Rein-Aid & Performance | Helping You to Help Your Horse | Scoop.it
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Time for a Rein-Aid "Tuesday Testimonial" from Tracey Cover, a Rein-Aid client for almost a decade! Tracey recently sent us photos of her three horses: Brandywine, Nutmeg, and Vienna. All three use Rein-Aid reins. Tracey commented: "When preparing my horses for foxhunting, show jumping or even sidesaddle, their training requires a consistent connection. Rein-Aid improves that connection and ultimately improves their performance." Thank you, Tracey!

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Rein-Aid Elasto-Reins, helping you to help your horse!

Rein-Aid Elasto-Reins, helping you to help your horse! | Helping You to Help Your Horse | Scoop.it
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Lisa Rice (riding Galtee), and Laura Hart (riding Laurel of Mosswood, the blood bay horse, on the right of the photo) sent Rein-Aid terrific feedback about how Rein-Aid Elasto-Reins and Rein-Aid Inserts have made a difference for them, and their horses. Thank you, Lisa and Laura!
 

From Lisa Rice: As my horse and I have been working to move to up to First level in dressage, the Elasto-Reins and Rein-Aid inserts have really helped me to maintain a more elastic, soft and consistent contact without compromising my horse's lateral and longitudinal balance. They are a great asset and I highly recommend them.


From Laura Hart: When I started using Rein-Aid Elasto-Reins, I was struggling with maintaining a steady, soft contact with my horse. They provided that elastic feel my mare needed, while I worked towards a more balanced seat and independent aids. Elasto-Reins are an effective tool, and I am so thankful to have them in my tack room.

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What is "contact"?

What is "contact"? | Helping You to Help Your Horse | Scoop.it
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Many new riders struggle to understand the meaning and feel of "contact." The excerpt below is one definition. Rein-Aid Inserts and Elasto-Reins help you develop contact.


"Bringing the horse onto the aids entails pushing it forwards from behind onto the contact, i.e. into the hand, so that both at the halt and in movement, a steady but soft, elastic connection is established between the rider's hand and the horse's mouth."(Source: "The Principles of Riding," German National Equestrian Federation, 2003, p. 89)

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What language do you speak with your horse?

What language do you speak with your horse? | Helping You to Help Your Horse | Scoop.it
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The language between horses and riders is constructed with our aids, and in order for our horses to understand us, our "words" (or "aids") must be clear and concise. Young horses need to learn the meaning of the aids, and what to do when they are applied. Just the same, new riders must learn how and when to use the aids, to "speak" clearly to the horse. In both instances, Rein-Aid products help young horses and young riders as they learn to speak the same language, teaching them both the concept of "feel," soft, elastic contact, and learning the essentials of timing, and give-and-take. Developing a good hand is essential to good riding. In the book "The Education of Horse and Rider," Jean Froissard explains how hands "Act, Yield, or Resist":

• The hands act when they increase rein tensions for a slowdown, a halt or a rein back; for a change of head or neck carriage, or of direction; for a half-halt or a vibratory effect.
• They yield when their relaxing fingers diminish rein tension in a range from mere softening of touch to complete relaxation.
• They resist when opposing an initiative taken by the horse, opposing in fact the pull of any sort of force, whether from the horse's mouth or the rider's own wrist, although steadying the hand does not automatically imply immobility of fingers.

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Rein-Aid® - YouTube

Learn how Rein Aid® products help you to help your horse. More information and product details at www.rein-aid.com. Keep up to date with product promotions, ...
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Learn how Rein-Aid® products help you to help your horse. More information and product details at www.rein-aid.com. Keep up to date with product promotions, testimonials, and more by following Rein-Aid® on Facebook.

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Why You Don't Want to Pull on the Inside Rein - and What To Do Instead

Why You Don't Want to Pull on the Inside Rein - and What To Do Instead | Helping You to Help Your Horse | Scoop.it
When we ride horses, we often assume that the inside rein is used like the steering wheel of a car or a bicycle. We think that by pulling on the horse from the inside, the horse must obviously turn...
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This "Horse Listening" article discusses the biomechanics of pulling and how it affects the horse’s body. It also explains why no contact is almost as bad as too much contact, and common misconceptions about using the outside and inside reins. How to reach the balance between all of the above? If a horse or rider is just learning the concept of connection and contact, Rein-Aid Inserts or Elasto-Reins is one tool that may help develop and maintain the feel of contact. Click on the article title, to read and learn more.

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Rein-Aid elastic reins for a soft connection @ Horse Tack Review

Rein-Aid elastic reins for a soft connection @ Horse Tack Review | Helping You to Help Your Horse | Scoop.it
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Thank you, HorseTackReview.com, for this excellent review of Rein-Aid products.

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Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 - Normandy, France

Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 - Normandy, France | Helping You to Help Your Horse | Scoop.it
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Charlotte Dujardin, (GBR), Valegro - Grand Prix Team Competition Dressage - Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 - Normandy, France. (Photo credit: © Hippo Foto Team - Leanjo de Koster, 25/08/14; shared with permission)

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LORENZO International Horse Show, The Flying French Man,

LORENZO International Horse Show, The Flying French Man, | Helping You to Help Your Horse | Scoop.it
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One of the many spectacular moments from the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Opening Ceremony was the exhibition by rider and trainer, Lorenzo, the "Flying Frenchman," and his white Camargue horses. Rein-Aid supports and admires all good horsemanship–regardless of what type of riding they do.

Most of the horse world is insular regarding its respective sport, including what they think about horses, as well as how to train them. Truth be known, there are many FABULOUS horse people around the world, doing what they know how to do. We learn much from opening our minds to all training methods, and all equestrian disciplines.

The World Equestrian Games are a perfect opportunity to expose yourself to new equestrian discipline you might have never considered. Learn more about Lorenzo and his Camargue horses, at his website. (Click on the "English" option, at the bottom of his web page, to read the page, in english.)

 
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What Rein-Aid product do you use?

What Rein-Aid product do you use? | Helping You to Help Your Horse | Scoop.it
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Did you know training your horse with Rein-Aid can not only help your horse now, but also help him down the road if he transitions to another activity? After we posted this week's "Testimonial Tuesday" photo of Kylee vaulting on Craugwell, Dorry Gascon (Kylee's Mom) made this point in her email to Rein-Aid:


"Everyone told me how long it would take convert my eventing horse to a vaulting horse. We were able to vault on Craugwell within a couple of weeks, and competed him in a couple of months. I believe that the strong training base that Craughwell received with Rein-Aid as an eventing horse helped him make an easy tradition to any discipline. We continue to use Rein-Aid with our vaulting. Craughwell is receiving high scores as a vaulting horse. The first judge in his green horse class wanted to know if was for sale after only 6 weeks of vaulting training!"
 

Which Rein-Aid product do you use, and in what discipline? When you ride, do you use the Rein-Aid Inserts? The Elasto-Reins? The Soft-Lunge? The Draw Reins?

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Sally Cousins’ Weekly Training Tip: Training Versus Strengthening - Eventing Nation - Three-Day Eventing News, Results, Videos, and Commentary

Sally Cousins’ Weekly Training Tip: Training Versus Strengthening  - Eventing Nation - Three-Day Eventing News, Results, Videos, and Commentary | Helping You to Help Your Horse | Scoop.it
We are delighted to introduce Sally Cousins as our newest guest blogger, as she shares her wealth of knowledge with us in the form of weekly training tips. We hope these nuggets of information can be integrated
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Every now and then Rein-Aid likes to feature sound training advice–particularly when it goes hand-in-hand with the philosophy and purpose of Rein-Aid products. Just as Rein-Aid products help you to help your horse, other training practices (such as strength and fitness programs) are also good ways to help you help your horse. Last week, Event rider Sally Cousins posted an excellent article on Eventing Nation, emphasizing the importance of training to strengthen your horse.

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Rein-Aid Elasto-Reins for new riders: Ella and Captain - YouTube

Rein-Aid Elasto-Reins for new riders...

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Teaching a new rider how to ride, and how to use their hands and reins, correctly? Rein-Aid Elasto-Reins are useful tools for new riders, of all ages! The gentle give of the built-in elastic in the Elasto-Reins teaches beginners how to use their reins, properly.

Should the rider have an "oops!" moment with their hands, the Elasto-Reins are forgiving on the horse or pony's mouth. In this video, Ella Rosenthal (age 7) is riding, Captain. The Elasto-Reins on Captain in this video are horse-sized, but Rein-Aid also sells pony-size Elasto-Reins, in leather lace brown. Well-done, Ella!

 

(Safety note: Please know Rein-Aid strongly recommends all riders to wear proper footwear when riding, with a minimum one-inch heel.) Rein-Aid® founder and trainer, Kim Keppick, guides Ella and Captain through walk work.

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Rein-Aid® reins in action... - YouTube

Watch how Rein-Aid® reins help two riders and their horses maintain a soft, elastic contact as they work on the flat, and over fences. For more information about Rein-Aid® products, go to www.rein-aid.com, or "like" Rein-Aid® on Facebook.

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Rein-Aid® Elasto-Reins in action...

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Rein-Aid® Productions - "Helping you to help your horse"

Rein-Aid® Productions - "Helping you to help your horse" | Helping You to Help Your Horse | Scoop.it


"MIDDLEBURG, VA.-Kim Keppick, inventor of Rein-Aid™ and Elasto-Rein™, points to two defining moments in her life, one that ended a dream and the other that began a new one."

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Have you ever wondered how Rein-Aid products were invented? Read more about Rein-Aid founder, Kim Keppick, in this article "When One Dream Ended, Another Began."

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Demystifying "Contact" in Horseback Riding

Demystifying "Contact" in Horseback Riding | Helping You to Help Your Horse | Scoop.it
Sometimes it feels like the word "contact" has other-wordly connotations. Is it related to celestial retrogrades, or long-told mythical verbal traditions, or is it a yogic position unreachable by t...
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An interesting training article from the blog, "Horse Listening," about "Demystifying 'Contact' in Horseback Riding."
Did you know Rein-Aid products help teach contact not only to riders, but also to horses in training? The Elasto-Reins® and Rein-Aid® Elastic Inserts soften the "handshake" connection between the horse's mouth and the rider's hands. How did you learn correct "contact?"

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Excellent offer, from Rein-Aid!

Excellent offer, from Rein-Aid! | Helping You to Help Your Horse | Scoop.it
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How many times have you found something that works–REALLY works for you and your horse? You want to tell the whole world, don't you? Well, here's your chance. If you aren't familiar with Rein-Aid, check them out. Their Elasto-Reins have helped many riders learn and maintain the feel of elastic, constant contact when they ride. It is particularly helpful for horses in their early stages of training; or for riders who were incorrectly taught contact and who are trying to relearn the concept of the subtle give-and-take necessary to maintain contact.

Read more at www.Rein-Aid.com, or like the Rein-Aid Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/pages/Rein-Aid/1385702854985440

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Para-Dressage & Rein-Aid

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Rein-Aid products help a para-equestrian rider...

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Last weekend a Para-Dressage competition took place in Deauville, France. This week, on this side of the Atlantic ocean, para-equestrian rider and competitor Roxanne Trunnell shared a lovely message with Rein-Aid, describing how Rein-Aid products have helped her ride, train, and compete:

 

"I am a 1a para-equestrian. In the 1a dressage tests all that is required is the walk BUT you have to have your horse in the FEI frame through the whole test. I currently have a horse that will hold the FEI frame nicely in the walk but since he is ultra-sensitive in the mouth it is hard for him to hold the connection of the bit when my hands tremor and it causes the bit in his mouth to move in his mouth. Recently I was told about Rein-Aid and since I started using the device on my reins when my hands tremor, it doesn't get communicated to my horses mouth which leaves him happy with a beautiful quite head. Thank you Rein-Aid Productions for allowing me to enjoy my horse!"

 

Thank you, Roxanne, we wish you the very best and will watch out for your progress! ~Rein-Aid


To learn more about Rein-Aid products, and how they may help your riding and training, go to www.rein-aid.com

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Mary Getsey Bernier's curator insight, April 9, 2014 12:34 PM

The many brilliant uses of Rein-Aid reins, for equestrians and para-equestrians. To learn more about Rein-Aid, go to www.rein-aid.com