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post #1 of 3 Old 01-24-2012, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone get Dressage Today Feb. issue?

We just got our February issue and my daughter looked at the cover and asked why the rider was holding the reins like that (the two right reins being held one in the left hand the other in the right hand). I have never seen this before and it looks odd to me. I glanced through the article (but haven't READ it) and didn't see pictures or lengthy explanation as to why you would hold the reins like this. Is this common with upper level dressage riders? What is the purpose of it?

My apologies if this is explained in the article and I over looked it!
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post #2 of 3 Old 01-24-2012, 01:44 AM
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I don't know exactly but I think it is an older way, that is more commonly used in France, But not totally sure. It is an accepted way of holding them; one in one hand and three in the other.
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I forget the name of the hold (Spyder help!!) but it is still commonly used today. I like it when I need an opening inside rein for something and because I have brachydactyly I am basically inept at independently using the snaffle and curb in a traditional hold. Arlene 'Tuny' Page is such a nice rider I'm sure she has a way better reason for using it on that horse though lol :P
There is a rhyme and a reason for every hold in the double and it is kind of sad to see the majority of people only ever exposed to one hold!! In that same magazine, Kyra Kyrklund illustrates the Fillis hold for those new to the double - which I find interesting as it can be such a severe hold. But for the rider with quiet hands just learning to ride in the double, it makes sense.

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