Riding in the Two Rein

Riding in the Two Rein

AQHA Professional Horseman Todd Crawford describes the advantages of transitioning your green horse from a hackamore to a bridle.

Jerry Smoke and Todd Crawford

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When your horse is ready to step up to the bridle, there’s a trick that could help.

Using a bosal and mecate can be an important tool when transitioning your horse from a hackamore to a bridle.

The bosal sits under the bridle and can be adjusted to fit your particular horse. The bosal also acts as your reins as you adjust and put on your bridle.

Traditionally, romel reins are left unattached until they are ready to be used. AQHA Professional Horseman Todd Crawford leaves his reins over the saddle until he is ready to connect them to the bridle.

A “get-down” rope, attached to the bottom of the bosal, is thrown up over the saddle horn in a couple of half-hitch knots.

How to Hold the Two-Rein Set-Up

Sometimes it can feel like you’ve got a whole lot of reins and not a whole lot of space. To remedy that situation, Todd recommends shortening your mecate reins so that they are a reasonable length.

There are a lot of ways to hold the reins, and most of them are perfectly legal. Todd prefers a grip that includes a few fingers in-between the reins, which gives him a bit more feel for his horse.

Making Adjustments for Better Control

Using your romel reins to adjust your control can be easily done by pulling on them with your off hand. This causes your riding hand to slide forward, tightening the reins and giving you a better feel.

To loosen them, simply do the reverse and feed reins to your horse with your off hand.

Two things to remember when shortening your reins:

  • You cannot reach forward above your hobble to shorten your reins
  • You cannot pull on your mecate to shorten your reins

The No. 1 advantage to riding in romel reins is that they are able to assist you in working the cow because of your ability to easily adjust them.