Originally Posted by minstrel
Snaffle rein between pinkie and ring finger, curb rein between ring and middle finger...
That's a horse of a different color altogether!
I've only ever used one rein. I can't imagine how all the people who use two reins ever keep them straight.
For instance- looking at all the straps that are attached to the bridle on a polo pony boggles my mind. How they keep them straight while also holding a mallet (and also at times, a stick) is just bewildering.
Originally Posted by tinyliny
There is a big reason for having thumbs on top, and that's to keep your forearm rotated such that your elbow stays close to your side , not chicken winging out.
Having the pinky out is ok, but you will have better feel and ability to follow the horse's mouth in any English riding discipline, with direct contact, if you have your entire hand softly closed around the rein, with the thumb on top being the point of firm "hold".
How you are describing it here sounds a lot like what I'm doing to me. I'm glad someone described a "pinky in" type of hold- makes me feel less like the person everyone sees doing something wrong and no one mentions it... hehe