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post #11 of 14 Old 06-19-2014, 07:58 PM
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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.
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post #12 of 14 Old 06-19-2014, 08:10 PM
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I think you were a bit unfair to TXhorseman's response. It was not meant to say you are not trusting your hrose. She /he was responding to my comments about turning, and your's too, so talking about turning using the rein and other aids. If you dismiss her remarks so quickly, you will miss out on something good to take in and add to your own growing body of knowledge.

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I think you were a bit unfair to TXhorseman's response. It was not meant to say you are not trusting your hrose. She /he was responding to my comments about turning, and your's too, so talking about turning using the rein and other aids. If you dismiss her remarks so quickly, you will miss out on something good to take in and add to your own growing body of knowledge.

The first requirement to make lessons as productive as possible is being a good listener, even if you disagree.
I read it word for word and took it as it was typed. How it was worded was "you need to learn to trust your horse" I believe, but I'm on mobile and can't view it when replying to get that exact. Not meaning to be rude, but I've been basically attacked on this site a lot so anything remotely worded against me is going to make me assume that's what's going to happen again. Everyone else that has responded to this has been really nice and helpful, but saying I don't trust my horses is ridiculous.

[The pony is a palomino, 14 hands.] He has a heart of gold and star power... A good horse has a sparkle, a 'look-at-me' attitude, and good movement. There's a white of the eye. Some people hate it, but it means there's a bit of fire in there.
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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.

[The pony is a palomino, 14 hands.] He has a heart of gold and star power... A good horse has a sparkle, a 'look-at-me' attitude, and good movement. There's a white of the eye. Some people hate it, but it means there's a bit of fire in there.
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