a short rein passing from the bit to the saddle of a harness, to prevent the horse from lowering its head. Compare overcheck ( def 2 ), sidecheck, See illus. under harness.
a short rein joining the bit of one of a span of horses to the driving rein of the other.

1800–10; check1 + rein Unabridged
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checkrein (ˈtʃɛkˌreɪn)
the usual US word for bearing rein

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What the twentieth century requires is the checkrein, not the goad.
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