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post #11 of 18 Old 04-25-2013, 01:36 PM
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Thumbs up always ("like you're holding an ice cream cone" as I've heard my instructor tell younger students)

Like equitate mentioned, your wrists are bent out a little; adjust that so your wrists and hands are aligned in a straight, neutral position and you're good to go.
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post #12 of 18 Old 04-25-2013, 02:24 PM
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sorry but if an instructor cant even get the VERY BASICS right then I wouldnt even be taking free lessons with them. What other damage could they be doing to your riding.
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post #13 of 18 Old 04-25-2013, 03:30 PM
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4-H is a youth development program in Canada and the US. Because of that, a lot of the coaches and instructors in a lot of the activities that they participate in are volunteers.

It could be very possible that to show in any 4-H show, the OP needs to participate in these lessons.

Plus, we all know that everyone has their own version of what is right and wrong, and it is also very possible that the instructor was taught the puppy paws hand position, so to her, that is correct.

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post #14 of 18 Old 04-25-2013, 03:36 PM
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volunteer or not, puppy paws never acceptable and if she has been taught it is then god only knows what other strange ideas she has been taught that the OP may not be experianced enough to pick up on.

A bad instructor can ruin a rider very very quickly and it can take many many years of expensive lessons with top trainers to put it right again, believe me i've been there!

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post #15 of 18 Old 04-25-2013, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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Like Velvets said, I do have to participate in the lessons. Whether I listen to her or not doesn't really make a difference on that so I can go and do as I wish just to be there. There are two more instructors that, while purely western (the lady is mostly western as well) are good teachers and help me with things the correct way. They aren't always there though.
I've been riding on my own, teaching myself, for almost a year and have no way to pay for actual lessons so I'm taking what I can get. Thank you for your concern though, Faye,( if I had a choice I would get a better instructor)

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post #16 of 18 Old 04-30-2013, 08:15 PM
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OP, has she demonstraoted the incorrect position, or it was verbal instruction? Could it be that she meant something else (like keeping your wrist more neutral, as others have said), but she didn't express herself well enough for you to understand her?

If you are absolutely certain that she wants you to have "piano hands", why don't you find some links illustrating the correct hand position vs. the incorrect one, and email your instructor, telling her you were confused. Maybe she'll get the point.

Good luck with this!
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post #17 of 18 Old 05-01-2013, 05:20 AM Thread Starter
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I am sure that's what she meant, as she moved my hands into that position herself.
I will probably email her about it sometime, I'm one of two english riders there so she's not messing anybody else up (The other girl wasn't there that day)

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post #18 of 18 Old 05-01-2013, 07:57 PM
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Puppy-paws. Ugh. Pet peave.
Sit there with your hands in the correct position (thumbs up, slight angle to match withers - your first pictures). Pretend you're doing very fine rein-communication with your horse. Close and open your hand. See the very fine cues? Now with closed hands, notice how just small movements of your hand in various directions will send very fine, but clear, cues to your horse. Now try the same with the incorrect hand position (the position your instructor says you should have). Your fine-cues just disappeared. You've just lost a whole lot of communication. Really all you can do now is pull.
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