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post #1 of 37 Old 04-27-2012, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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How do you hold your reins?

My question to you is: How were you taught to hold the reins?

I am lucky enough to work at an animal hospital where there are quite a few equestrians around who are all crazy about horses. We got into a conversation about how you hold the reins yesterday in regards to what we were taught.

I distinctly remember holding the reins in a different manner before my accident than after. (At the time it wasn't so clear and I had to re-learn EVERYTHING.) Before the accident I was taught to hold the reins in two hands in a tight grip while leaving your pinky out. (Sorry if that is a poor description-not quite sure how to describe it.)

Interestingly enough- my orthopedic surgeon said that leaving the pinky out is probably what the "very interesting" fracture in my hand.

After the accident, when I was back in the saddle and everything was fuzzy (concussion too...) I had to ask how to hold the reins properly and was taught to keep all my fingers in a tight grip on the reins INCLUDING the pinky.

Since I ran into my co-worker who uses the "pinky out" method (and yet another who rides Western...which is a horse of a different color altogether, hehe) I figured I would come on here and poke a few brains as to what you all do.
So tell me- are you in or out?

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post #2 of 37 Old 04-28-2012, 12:02 AM
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I hold my reins thumb on top, with 3 fingers holding the reins and my pinky left out. wrists turned a tad. Like my avatar

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post #3 of 37 Old 04-28-2012, 12:05 AM
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The pinky out is correct. I sometimes have my ring finger out as well on my left hand, as the knuckle on that finger is often pained due to other sports injuries, and I don't feel like I can use that hand when it is sore.

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post #4 of 37 Old 04-28-2012, 12:18 AM
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Pinkie out.

I've ridden with the next finger up out as well... I think that is how I ride with a double bridle too? One with pinkie and then one with the one up. I can't remember, I just do it.

I don't think I could ride pinkie in...it would feel so uncontrolled and unrefined!
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post #5 of 37 Old 04-28-2012, 01:10 AM
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i guess I'm not the one to answer your question. My horse is just learning to neck rein with leg pressure. She's doing great. I am SO busy riding over logs, creeks, and hacking a new trail, I switch to one hand while the other is moving branches out of my face. I just try to always maintain proper length of reins on her bit. She and I are always working on obstacles that my finger placement on the reins don't come into focus for us. So I guess this reply is a zero on your concern level. It did however make me think that I don't think about it so thank you! I guess I need to know how to hold the reins too, pinky in or out!
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post #6 of 37 Old 04-28-2012, 01:13 AM
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I hold them as redape. On rare occasions I will put the pinky onthe outside because it instantly shortens the reins by about an inch, if needed. bad habit, tho.
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post #7 of 37 Old 04-28-2012, 07:45 AM
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I got taught to and always ride with my pinkie out
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post #8 of 37 Old 04-28-2012, 11:21 AM
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Thumbs on top, pinkies out. :)
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post #9 of 37 Old 04-28-2012, 02:14 PM
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I dont think the horse cares
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post #10 of 37 Old 04-28-2012, 04:16 PM
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Snaffle rein between pinkie and ring finger, curb rein between ring and middle finger...
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