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    04-30-2012, 06:47 PM
  #21
Foal
So do you guys ride with your reigns crossed??
     
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    04-30-2012, 07:41 PM
  #22
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Originally Posted by RisingGlory    
So do you guys ride with your reigns crossed??
Never. Hands should never pass over the withers to the other side.
     
    05-04-2012, 12:44 PM
  #23
Foal
I'm not saying cross your "Hands" , I mean the reigns. Like.. take your left rein.. pull it back to the saddle, and then cross it over to the right side... do the same for the right side.. And then hold them with your hands parellel to each other (more or less) .
     
    05-04-2012, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by RisingGlory    
I'm not saying cross your "Hands" , I mean the reigns. Like.. take your left rein.. pull it back to the saddle, and then cross it over to the right side... do the same for the right side.. And then hold them with your hands parellel to each other (more or less) .
How do you cross a rein to the other side without taking your hand with it? Unless I'm missing something, it is physically impossible to do what you suggest.

And even if it were possible, why would you do that? It it still incorrect. Even an indirect rein of opposition is not supposed to go across to the other side.
     
    05-05-2012, 05:58 AM
  #25
Trained
Mildot, I think the confusion is discipline wise to be honest. RisingGlory - in English, it is very, very unusual for reins to not be joined. If you are thinking like western, where each rein is it's own entity, not attached to the other, this is not really ever done in English. We use reins that have a buckle where they join, so they can't cross. These are typical of English reins:


The excess is usually down one side of the horse, but it's usually not more than a foot of rein. I usually have mine to the left of the withers. They look like this:

And the other side:
     
    05-05-2012, 06:38 AM
  #26
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Originally Posted by RisingGlory    
I'm not saying cross your "Hands" , I mean the reigns. Like.. take your left rein.. pull it back to the saddle, and then cross it over to the right side... do the same for the right side.. And then hold them with your hands parellel to each other (more or less) .
Bridging the reins? If I'm ponying another horse, yes I do. When riding normally, nope! Unless I'm opening a gate and need to have control of both of the reins, then it's very helpful.

Why do you ask?
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    05-05-2012, 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
Bridging the reins? If I'm ponying another horse, yes I do. When riding normally, nope! Unless I'm opening a gate and need to have control of both of the reins, then it's very helpful.

Why do you ask?
If she's talking about bridging the reins, it's only really useful at the gallop (for support on the crest of the neck) or like you mention when needing a free hand to do something.
     
    05-05-2012, 02:12 PM
  #28
Foal
Pinky out.

That is how I was taught.
     
    05-05-2012, 03:02 PM
  #29
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This is a most confusing, and therefore entertaining thread!!

First I read the original post, and thought "what the heck? Why and how would someone ride around with their little finger sticking straight out, as if holding a cup of tea when at tea with the queen"

Then I read some answers and thought that I'd landed on a different planet where everyone is suddenly holding their hands like that.

Then I read the question from Rising Glory about crossing the reins over, and frankly I'm completely baffled. People everywhere riding around with their little fingers stuck out, crossing their hands over each other?? Are you all mad!!

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    05-05-2012, 06:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Shropshirerosie    
frankly I'm completely baffled. People everywhere riding around with their little fingers stuck out, crossing their hands over each other?? Are you all mad!!

Bahahaha welcome to my world!! I thought everyone had this special way of holding the reins and I was using old caveman methods ahaha

Are you following now though? :P
     

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