The one I bought seems to be a little bit short for my thouroubred: when I wanted to put them she started to go backward and didn't want to stop... It was as if she didn't knew anymore how to go forward...
Too much pressure on the mouth, maybe? Well, actually not as she had a caveçon...
So maybe to much pressure on her front?
Hey, it's difficult to tell without an image or video. When you get a horse started on the Vienna, make sure that it's really, really, really loose. Usually the problem we have here is to find anything remotely short enough. I usually have to add lots of holes in it.
Do you know how long yours is? If you measure it I can tell you if it's shorter than ours.
Have you had other side reins or any other long vienna on her?
Some of the super sensitive ones do back up if you 'crank' them in too much. Also be really careful because there is a danger of them flipping over.
So be really careful and go slow.
All of ours are really used to them, therefore most are now just fine with starting with an loosely engaged vienna and once warmed up we then shorten the vienna. However if you get started with your horse make sure it's so long that it really doesn't do anything other than just add a little weight to the bit ring. Then over however many days or weeks it takes make it short until you have it engaged.
At that point you are helping your horse to build muscle.
How long it takes for you to get to that point depends on your horse.
Again if you can email us a little video or measure the vienna we can probably help you a bit more.
Also need to know how long your horses neck is. Which of our horses do you think she is most like?
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I usually go very slowly with new things like Vienna reins.
When I tested her with the donuts reins, they were long for the softest effect, but as the following ride was just a mess, I thought she didn't like them. That is why I tried the Viennas.
Before I use a new thing for the first time, I always give a try very very long, and show my horse the effect it is supposed to do.
For Samantha, I always first lunge her "naked" or just with her saddle before really asking her anything.
I just tried to measure them. They seem to be 1.80m long, from the place the reins do separate in two to the very end once "closed", on the first hole. It cannot be longer than that.
Without "closing" the rein, add 0.50m more, so they measure approximatively 2.30m from the separation to the very end of the rein.
Hum, I think I'll try to get a picture one day, it should be easier!