Originally Posted by Saddlebag
Here's my 2cents worth. Hold your reins with your hands 8" apart and 4" off his neck and maintain this position. Open your knuckles just a little. There will be no droop in the reins but a light contact. Thumbs are up. Ask for the walk. To turn tighten your little finger, release, tighten. It is almost imperceptible but he will feel it. Do it to the rhythm of his step. It will be a gradual turning but just play around with this and be sure to keep the contact and not allow the reins to slide thro your hands. When riders have overly active hands I've had then curl a bit of mane around their pinky which helps maintain hand position.
I'll try this tomorrow! Thanks for the tip. I've been riding early in the morning and occasionally at night because it's been so hot out.
I did the mane holding technique until I found my balance at all gaits bareback and while jumping so I wouldn't accidentally slam on their mouths if I got left behind or something. I've worked on my position enough that I don't anymore, but my hands have gotten worse since.