In the April issue of H&R we discuss the Chambon. A training aid that is designed to prevent the horse from getting his head up high, and inverting in his spine and neck. It encourages the horse to work correctly through his back, lifting his rib cage, stepping under with his hindquarters and using his abdominal muscles.
Does anyone use a Chambon or similar with the training of their horses? Do you find it is effective? Or if you do not use one, why?
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I definitely think there is a place for the Chambon in the right hands and for certain horses. I have never used one myself, but have successfully used an elasticated training rein for a horse that would loose concentration and put his head up – it helped encourage him to stay focused and relaxed.
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Yes, lots of people use them at our yard for that reason, too. I don't personally, but it really seems to keep some horses concentrated on their work. Watching someone lunge badly can be really frightening!
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