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    02-21-2014, 08:36 PM
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Foal
Gloves - my grip on the reins slip

Hi guys, when I ride, I have noticed myself constantly adjusting the length between on my grip on the reins. They're constantly slipping in and out so I'm constantly lengthening and shortening.

This had led me to fiddle around while I'm riding through jumps and is causing me extra work.

I was wondering if this is a common problem? If not, are my thumbs just weak in the grip? My grip is usually pretty relaxed.

Has anyone tried using football wide receiver gloves? The palms are very sticky and made of this plasticky/rubber material.

     
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    02-21-2014, 08:48 PM
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What makes the reins slip through your hand>? Is the horse pulling them through? Are you riding with your fingers open? Are the reins plain, braided, with stops?
     
    02-21-2014, 10:48 PM
  #3
Yearling
I would think a weak grip is more to blame then slippery reins or sweaty plams etc. The riders I know, myself included, who wear gloves are doing so to prevent blisters or burns from the reins. When I'm riding a little absentmindedly I notice my reins slip more since I have a bad habit of letting my hands relax.

Also, if I remember correctly you're just learning to ride? When I worked with beginners I noticed rein lengthening was more of a problem. It's something that comes with practice. Tiny makes a good point too, your horse shouldn't be pulling the reins through your fingers. If this is a cause tighten your fingers around the reins and keep your hands steady.
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    02-21-2014, 10:50 PM
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
what makes the reins slip through your hand>? Is the horse pulling them through? Are you riding with your fingers open? Are the reins plain, braided, with stops?
I'm riding generally with a light grip. The reins I use are usually braided.

I hold the reins light enough that if the horse puts his neck down suddenly the reins would slip through.

Sometimes my instructor says to "soften the reins", which I've probably incorrectly understood as not having a kung fu grip. I'm actually not sure what she means now that I think about it.

Are you supposed to have a kung fu grip? It seems like being too heavy on the grip would be a bad idea, I feel like I would be jerking the horse around a lot.
     
    02-21-2014, 11:06 PM
  #5
Yearling
Soften the reins means to not be pulling so much on them, not to loosen your grip. You need to find a happy medium with your grip. It shouldn't be "kung fu", but it also should not be so loose that the reins are constantly slipping through your fingers.
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    02-21-2014, 11:17 PM
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Originally Posted by horsecv    
I'm riding generally with a light grip. The reins I use are usually braided.

I hold the reins light enough that if the horse puts his neck down suddenly the reins would slip through.

Sometimes my instructor says to "soften the reins", which I've probably incorrectly understood as not having a kung fu grip. I'm actually not sure what she means now that I think about it.

Are you supposed to have a kung fu grip? It seems like being too heavy on the grip would be a bad idea, I feel like I would be jerking the horse around a lot.
You're riding with your grip too loose. The horse should not be able to pull the reins through your hands. This does not mean to tense up your body or pull back, just maintain a firm grip. Unless your hands are dripping sweat or something you should be able to hold on to a pair of braided reins with or without gloves.

I used to have this problem. For the first couple of years of riding I was actually holding the reins incorrectly. Instead of holding them between my fingers I was just closing my fingertips tightly on them My trainer would yell CLOSE YOUR HANDS and I knew darn well that I was squeezing those reins! It took the pony I was riding at the time tripping or throwing his head or something at the canter and the reins popping right out of my hands for us to finally figure out the problem, and it still took awhile to fix the habit. Luckily that pony was a pretty chill fellow and just slowed to a walk when he was suddenly cantering along with me reinless!

That said, they DO make horse riding gloves and reins with more grip to them. I think that working on your grip with your current equipment is a better first approach.
     
    02-21-2014, 11:18 PM
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I have never liked that statement; "soften the reins". To me, it mean more like, "get the horse to soften to the bit a little more". You can't do that by just opening your hand and dropping the contact.

To me , if someone says soften on the inside rein, I would very gently close my hand on the rein with my fingers so that it's the tiniest of "milking" motion to the rein. It's enough to get the horse's attention and ask him to give ever so slightly to that side, so the net result it that the HORSE creates some looseness there, and the result of that is that the hrose puts himself more on the outside rein, softer on the inside.

So , YOU don't soften that rein so much as you ask the horse to be soft on it, and you reward him by giving him a tiny release there.


Close your hands more around the rein. Being soft on the rein does not mean openning it so much that your fingers look all spidery out in every direction.
     
    02-22-2014, 12:49 AM
  #8
Yearling
Yup, you're holding the reins too loose! My instructor likes to remind me to close my fingers around the reins by telling me to imagine that I have a bird in each hand and I need to hold them tight enough that they don't fly away but not so tight that I squish them!

I would practice better grip without gloves as its more a muscle memory problem for you then anything.
     
    02-22-2014, 01:22 AM
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Yup, you're holding the reins too loose! My instructor likes to remind me to close my fingers around the reins by telling me to imagine that I have a bird in each hand and I need to hold them tight enough that they don't fly away but not so tight that I squish them!

I would practice better grip without gloves as its more a muscle memory problem for you then anything.
Haha, my trainer used the same analogy!
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    02-22-2014, 01:25 AM
  #10
Yearling
I have a bad habit of holding plenty tight with my thumb, pointer and middle fingers but then my ring finger and pinky just kinda...hang loose for lack of a better word. My birds would totally scoot out the bottom!
     

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