Originally Posted by goldrushx
shovel chocolate eggs into our mouths come Easter? Tradition.
I don't need an excuse or a reason for that apart from JUST BECAUSE
I don't know the answer, I think tradition is a good as answer as any. Some things do change with time.
When I was learning to ride (English in England) trying to avoid all those excited animals coming off of the ark two by two, the main things I heard shouted was "Keep your heels and hands DOWN" heels fair enough, but we had our hands in 'piano playing' position, and were inspected at the end of the ride and if you didn't have dirty fingers, from rubbing on the horse, then you were in trouble.
The the instructor went away to a training day and came back with the revolution of turning the hand so now we are riding thumbs up, but still resting mainly on the neck, so just your little finger got covered in horse grease.
LOL those were the days.