One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fixed rein which causes the horse to raise its head and arch its neck.
- ‘Evidence of abuse that causes pain and suffering for horses is found in nearly every chapter: tail bobbing, blinkers, double bits, check or bearing reins, risky jumps for sport, and long-term confinement in stalls.’
- ‘This book eventually influenced the abolition of the cruel bearing rein, kicked off the animal-rights movement, and forced more humane treatment of London's human cabbies.’
- ‘Under penalty of elimination, illegal spurs, martingales, bit guards, any kind of gadgets (bearing reins, side reins, running reins, tongue tied down), boots or bandages, blinkers, ear muffs, nose covers, seat covers, and hoods are not permitted.’
- ‘Most horses also wore bearing reins that held up their necks and head into an unnatural and painful arch.’
- ‘They were driven without blinkers or bearing reins, and where as was often the case, bridges seemed doubtful, the bottom of miry fords suspicious of quagmires, or the road otherwise dangerous, they would put down their heads to examine, try the difficulty with their feet, and, when satisfied, would get through or over places, which seemed utterly impracticable.’
- ‘The team also wanted to experiment with using a bearing rein with the fifth terret - this is a rein which runs from the inside of each horse's bit, back via a central terret.’
- ‘These will later become cues, especially the bearing rein, for the horse to take a particular lead.’
- ‘This image from 1909 shows a horse with and without a bearing rein and firmly states that it is a cruel device.’
- ‘For example, as he turns to the left, the right bearing rein and the right leg are used; as he turns to the right, the left bearing rein and left leg.’
- ‘I remember when bearing reins were ‘fashionable’ with carriage horses and how cruel that was, it took ages for that to be seen on as a bad thing but eventually people saw how cruel it was.’
- ‘For instance, of the stupid mistreatment of animals (cutting off horses’ tails, or parts of dogs’ ears for the sake of fashion, or the use of blinkers) she has kept only the use of bearing reins that artificially kept the horses’ heads up.’
- ‘The use of bitless bridles, bearing reins and check reins is prohibited except for hackneys in special classes or on road drives.’
- ‘This is no fancy sketch, and a bearing rein which is short enough to prevent such a catastrophe is at the same time long enough to allow the horse unrestrained freedom of the head.’
- ‘A bearing rein is a rein placed against a horse's shoulder, causing the shoulders to move away from the rein.’
- ‘The bearing rein produced respiratory problems, severely limited the horse's vision, and caused a loss of balance, making it much harder for a horse to pull a load.’
- ‘The RSPCA has spoken to horse-owners about the welfare problems bearing reins can cause and the situation has improved, but is still of concern.’
- ‘In the 1800's, it was considered fashionable for carriage and hansom drivers to use harsh bits that cut and hurt the horses mouths, as well as reins known as bearing reins which forced the horses’ head back and up in a painful position.’
- ‘This is a good training tool as it is mild, and also introduces the horse to both lateral and bearing rein pressure, without risking injury to the young animal's mouth.’
- ‘Ironically, during her funeral procession, her mother noticed that all the horses were wearing bearing reins.’
- ‘Of course in modern times there still are dubious devices used on horses to alter their appearance or action, but the bearing rein was particularly cruel and senseless.’
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