Yes, I wrote that before I saw your post. I know you wouldn't hitch without a bit, but wouldn't even pull a drag or a tire without a bit.
You rein position in your hands? I left my camera at work, I want to show you better way to hold your reins and whip.
This is the best photo I could find at the moment. You might need to download it then zoom in on my hands.
There are a number of ways to hold the reins, I like this one, The reins come into your hands from the bottom of your palms, under your pinkie.
On the whip hand, the right the rein enters under your pinkie, goes over your palm and exits your fingers between your index and middle finger. Then your whip lays across your palm and exits your hand between the index and thumb. The whip is held at a 45 degree angle upwards, and a 45 degree angle forwards.
The non whip hand, the left, the reins enter the hand from the bottom, below the pinkie, lay across your palm and exit the hand between the thumb and index.
Holding the reins this way, gives me the ability to loosen and squeeze my bottom two fingers to, play with or massage or que my horse, just a little jiggle of my finger and I can tell my horse ahead of time which way we are going to turn, or if we are going to just do something different. You can communicate with your horse much better by holding the reins this way.
I will try for photos tomorrow, I'm not very good at explaining verbally. 3 g farm 022.jpg