Long Reining with Double Dan
Safe, Controlled Ground Techniques for Building Partnership, Achieving Softness, and Overcoming Training and Behavioral Issues
- Are you ready to build a stronger partnership with your horse?
- Hoping to achieve a remarkable softness from the ground before you swing into the saddle?
- Starting a youngster or working to overcome training and behavioural problems in an older mount?
- Becoming bored with endless round-penning?
Australian equestrian stars Dan James and Dan Steers of Double Dan Horsemanship are here to show every horse owner the basic steps to an infinitely useable training skill: long-reining. If ever there was hidden treasure in the diverse and ever-evolving realm of horsemanship, it is this underused but incredibly valuable practice. Long-reining benefits every equestrian discipline as James and Steers demonstrate improving the horse s self-carriage and responsiveness to the aids, and your feel and timing, like nothing else, and all from a safe and controlled position on the ground.
Bring long-reining into your barn with these 20 easy-to-understand lessons, explained step-by-step with full-colour photographs, including:
- how to use and hold long reins,
- how to introduce them to your horse,
- how to navigate with accuracy and change speed, and
- how perform lateral work that improves your horse's flexibility and overall movement.
You, and your horse, will enjoy the drive.
Reviews for Long Reining with Double Dan
Dan James and Dan Steers book showcases the method according to these Australian trainers with everything you ever wanted to know about how to long rein/long line. From absolute basic ground level and how to handle two reins to advanced lateral work and exercises in trot and canter.
The Essex Rider
Dan James and his partner in Double Dan Horsemanship, Dan Steers, are very well suited to offer advice in achieving success with long-lining techniques in a friendly, easy-to-follow manner.
Bo Jena, FEI 4* judge and long-lining expert
If you have ever seen the Double Dans perform a long-reining demonstration, I am sure that you have been amazed by their skill and talent. Here at North American Western Dressage, we understand that good horsemanship begins on the ground. Long-reining can help you and your horse develop a great deal of harmony before you ever get in the saddle, and your horse can learn to use his body in a beneficial manner without the added weight of a rider. Working your horse from the ground enhances physical and emotional fitness, and this is a great step-by-step guide to help you, with lots of terrific exercises.
Jen Johnson, Chief Executive Director, North American Western Dressage (NAWD)
I’m a great believer in groundwork, and I do basic long reining with my horse. I find it really useful for seeing how he s moving, as well as introducing new work without a rider and keeping him supple. Looking at this book, though, I’ve only just been scratching the surface! This book was packed with useful advice, including safety issues and what to do it if all goes a bit wrong. This is an American book, and I wasn’t sure how the techniques would translate to English schooling ideas but actually, everything was really relevant. I’ll certainly exploring long reining more in the future, although I may have to co-opt someone to call the instructions out at the same time!
Horse & Countryside