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post #1 of 16 Old 01-18-2012, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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Holding the reins.

Okay, forgive me if this is a stupid question but I genuinly don't know the answer.

Why do we hold the reins the way we do? In my 11 years of riding I have never though to ask why. And by holding them, I mean the way we place them between our fingers.

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post #2 of 16 Old 01-18-2012, 08:36 PM
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I guess it is because our fingers are more adept when the rein is between them? Try it next time - have the rein come into your fist at the bottom instead of between two fingers. This is why when you ride in a double bridle, you have the curb rein higher than the snaffle - have the stronger bit where the hand is more in control. I hope this makes sense?

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This might not be the reason but if you were to open your fingers.. without having your pinky underneath the rein, you'd have a poor grip on the reins, or you might even lose them. Only your thumb would be holding it. With your pinky there, you can open your fingers but still have control.

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I guess it is because our fingers are more adept when the rein is between them? Try it next time - have the rein come into your fist at the bottom instead of between two fingers. This is why when you ride in a double bridle, you have the curb rein higher than the snaffle - have the stronger bit where the hand is more in control. I hope this makes sense?
Yes it does make sense. I have tried doing that and you're right, it did feel wierd and uncomfortable. I was just wondering whether there was a true reason for why we do it
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Personally, I feel too heavy-handed when I fist the reins. I always have to put them between my fingers.
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Wait...are we talking english or western here?

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Wait...are we talking english or western here?
English, it is in the English section
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Oh, duh . I just saw it on the "new posts" list and didn't even stop to glance at the section.

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Wait...are we talking english or western here?
Well I assume because it's in the English riding sub-forum that it's English. But the OP could be asking generally too.

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I think I remember being told it was so in an emergency (a horse really running away with you) you could tuck your little finger back under and have a bit of extra strength.

But it's most probably tradition. Like why do most of us eat a massive turkey dinner on Christmas day? Why do we stay up so late on New Years Eve? Why do we give up stuff for lent then shovel chocolate eggs into our mouths come Easter? Tradition.
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