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post #21 of 33 Old 03-06-2012, 09:00 AM Thread Starter
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Wow...$195?! Wouldn't be easier just to learn to hold the lines right and correct instead of paying so much for something?
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post #22 of 33 Old 03-06-2012, 09:05 AM
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use the same as the duke of edinburgh did when arthritis took hold... Either brass clips that act as somewhere to put your fingers or else hdt reins with loops
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post #23 of 33 Old 03-06-2012, 09:13 AM Thread Starter
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use the same as the duke of edinburgh did when arthritis took hold... Either brass clips that act as somewhere to put your fingers or else hdt reins with loops
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Thank you. By loops, do you mean loops like sulky racers and sometimes fine harnes showring people use?
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My new montra is to ignore people that have nothing benificial to say.
I am really sorry you feel that way, I was only trying to help. When your a new driver or have had something happen, it is best to meet what is bothering you or your fears and learn from them and move on. If your dropping your lines, that IS dangerous, and again, going back to basics to relearn what you may of missed or didn't understand is a lot better than trying to find a quick fix. And rereading your comments, you have some issues and fears. I can't in good conciseness tell you what to do when you need to go back to basics and relearn how to be a good and competent driver and to trust your horse.

This is an open forum and you don't always get opinions you like or want and wish to hear. I have years of driving time under my belt and I too have had a bad accident that took me a while to get over. There is no shame in admitting your scared or worried. I do wish you all the best of luck in your driving endeavors...
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Mantra, no o in the word.

Good advice has been given here on this. And there was no need for you to not be gracious whether or not you agreed with it.

Have you looked to see if there is anything out there that deals with the arthritis issues you are having in terms of driving? Maybe something to limber your fingers, or to make reins easier to hold onto. The reins recommended may do the trick, and also wonder if the area where you normally hold could be made slightly more "tacky" so as to afford a better grip?

Are there any exercises that might help with the mobility of your fingers and hands?

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Wow...$195?! Wouldn't be easier just to learn to hold the lines right and correct instead of paying so much for something?
A friend of mine who does CDE's just paid 1,000.00 for a new set of reins. Not a cheap sport!
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I've only driven a couple times, so please don't head this advice if it is at all dangerous... What about using a light string to attach your reins to a beltloop? One that would for sure snap under and stress?
You've been given other options too, and I hope you pursue all and find the safest one to use.
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T.C. Maybe try wearing the gloves, with the little bumps on the palm side? That might prevent an accidental drop. I use those when my hands are achey or trying to sieze up. I like the idea of limbering up the hands, also. Use it or lose it concept? Good luck. I like your rig! Very nice.
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post #29 of 33 Old 05-04-2012, 07:58 PM
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dropping a line

as a very new driver- this is my worst fear-hasn't happened, and hopefully never will! Finger loops sound great, but can we use stickum on the lines as well? Just to make them tacky? Like the enlish riders do on their breechs.(sp)
my leather gloves and leather reins sometimes make the lines very slippery-especially when I drive in the rain, so a product like stickum would be useful imo. Thanks
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post #30 of 33 Old 05-04-2012, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Raven, I got the lines with the pinky loop, I love them, just like a little security blanket. I thought about taking my old lines to a saddle shop and having them add a pinky loop to them, but I bought a harness on ebay and the lines that came with had a pinky loop. Try a loop and I think you might be happy.
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