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When shedding season arrived I noticed one day out of the blue he had quite obvious wear spots on his neck. It didn’t occur to me right away it was from the reins until a ride later in the week, but I quickly realized bald patches on his neck wasn’t a good look for our upcoming show.
This old trick I’ve seen only photos of on the internet and it doesn’t seem to be something people think to do…but the easiest solution to this problem is using some sheepskin or fleece halter padding sleeves to add to the reins to address the rubbing during the worst part of the shedding. I ordered a set, put them on the reins (with a little drama from Spice on if they might kill him) and quickly the problem went away.
I didn’t think much of my little trick until not one…but 4 different trainers at my facility asked me about what I had on my reins and why. Once I explained it to them, each thought it was a great idea and had horses that were having similar problems. I was surprised to know that others didn’t know about this trick and felt I needed to share with all of you in case anyone is having this problem!