Thinking of bitless riding a riding ring or balance reins is not the first thing that appears in to head. But the riding ring certainly is a bitless system. The only contact as communication between rider and horse is the riding ring.
A Riding Ring is an adjustable ring that comes around the horse's neck. The ring has often a metal core wrapped with soft material, but can also be made of leather. A balance rein is an additional rein in addition to the regular rein. A balance rein is flexible and usually made of leather, rope or a combination of both.
The Riding ring is a replacement for the bridle. When riding with a riding ring you steer by placing the riding ring against the neck of the horse. The horse turns away from the pressure. So if you place the riding ring on the left against the horse's neck, the horse will go to the right
The balance reins are made to use in combination with a regular rein. The balance rein is used with young horses to ride the normal reins with less pressure and to disturb the horse less at the head. The balance reins give the rider more support in situations when the horse panic under the saddle, so that the rider does not put too much pressure on the reins.
The balance rein can also be used to give the horse more balance. The pressure against the horse's chest ensures that the weight is placed more to the hindlegs. This will give the horse more freedom of movement in the front legs and the horse will use his back better.
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