Originally Posted by ChristophersCanter View Post
Corporal, can you explain that to me more? What's throwing the reins away..?
Our instincts tell us to curl into a fetal position when we ride and feel off balance. It takes practice to sit up straight, to weight your stirrups and to work your body in sync with the horse while independantly stearing with the reins. We have to practice stretching our arms Forward
. Being able to do so enables us to "follow" the motion of the horse's head, which moves regularly at a walk, stabilizes at a trot and reaches with the leading foot at the canter.
Since you do not ask how much pressure it takes to hold the lead while leading your horse, I think you already know how something about closing your hands around the reins. (You have a little mental block, I think, to this.)
If you do the reverse of choking up the reins, and ride with the slack (throwing them away) so you have NO contact, you will be teaching Yourself to use your arms independant of your body. (You alternate between slack, then choke up for contact.)
I have another suggestion but ONLY if your horse is reliable and safe, and I did this to help some of my students. Make a 2nd set of reins out of baling twine. Cut it the length of the two reins and tie to the bit. You will ride with the baling-twine reins on the outsides of your pinkies, while riding the snaffle rein in it's normal position, between your ring and pinkie fingers on both hands. You grip them both, just like when leading your horse. IF you are not following well, the twine will punish your hands--you WILL feel his mouth riding this way!! Hope this helps. It's not really a sin if you have trouble following the mouth. Just switch to riding Western!!! ROFL