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?