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post #11 of 37 Old 04-28-2012, 05:26 PM
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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".
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post #12 of 37 Old 04-28-2012, 09:28 PM
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I be honest I hold mine like I am on my bike when I am going cross country (though though a forest style lol) but most times I do hold on with my thumb on top when I am schooling.
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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.

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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

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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.
It's not that difficult - you get used to it pretty quickly, and its so expressive once you do. And yeah, polo is a bit mental - but whenever I've played, the ponies have known their job so well that they would follow the ball pretty regardless of what I actually did...
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So is that pinky out or in?

Ya'll confused me.

How I hold my reins.

Thumbs on top. Three fingers wrapped around rein holding it to my palm, comes up between my ring and pinky finger. Clamp down with my pinky..

Though I still have a bad habit of chicken winging.

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That is pinky out Sky

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That is pinky out Sky
So then what is pinky in... fisting them? I suppose that would make sense if you don't soften with your fingers but more with your elbows.

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I think we are talking about two different things. For "Pink out", some folks are asking about whether or not the pinky is outside of the rein or inside of the rein which goes through your 'fist'.

Others mean, is the pinky held outward, like one might hold and English tea cup.


In my post, I was responding to somewho thoughtthe pinky should be held out in the tea party way, so I was saying that it's not so good to have your pinky held away from the rest of the fingers.
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I think we are talking about two different things. For "Pink out", some folks are asking about whether or not the pinky is outside of the rein or inside of the rein which goes through your 'fist'.

Others mean, is the pinky held outward, like one might hold and English tea cup.


In my post, I was responding to somewho thoughtthe pinky should be held out in the tea party way, so I was saying that it's not so good to have your pinky held away from the rest of the fingers.
Ohh okay, I really thought you meant fisting the reins.. which I tried once due to my thumb injury (wasn't terrible but holding reins HURT) so instead of thumb on.. it was off and then the other 4 fingers were gripping the reins. And of course I did the same on the other hand and that was not fun.. very hard to communicate in my experience lol.

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