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post #31 of 37 Old 05-05-2012, 09:31 PM
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Rein starts at the bit, goes between my pinky and ring-finger, gets grasped by my middle 3 fingers, then exits over the top of my 2nd finger and off the side of the neck, with my thumb on top of the rein, and my pinky under the rein. Middle 3 fingers grasp the rein, thumb and pinky provide stability and control. Thumbs up.
The only time I can remember ever bridging my reins was when I was riding with 2 broken fingers and could only use one hand. It's good to know how to do it. It can come in very handy.
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post #32 of 37 Old 05-08-2012, 03:12 PM
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WOAH.... Sorry!.. Bridging is what I ment... I looked it up. I just saw someones picture when they said that's how they hold their reigns and it looked to me that was how you rode in English... by bridging. I didn't know you had a buckle. I also didn't mean to be totally confusing..... :S I ride western... so what you guys were doing just looked / souded confusing. I think I got it straight now. :)

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WOAH.... Sorry!.. Bridging is what I ment... I looked it up. I just saw someones picture when they said that's how they hold their reigns and it looked to me that was how you rode in English... by bridging. I didn't know you had a buckle. I also didn't mean to be totally confusing..... :S I ride western... so what you guys were doing just looked / souded confusing. I think I got it straight now. :)
Oh it's all good :) I knew what you were talking about. Yay for learning something new, though, right?
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post #34 of 37 Old 05-08-2012, 09:24 PM
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I keep my pinky on, but stretched out, very lightly, because I use my pinky to put the pressure on my reins.
I like keeping it light. Makes my mare relax

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WOAH.... Sorry!.. Bridging is what I ment... I looked it up. I just saw someones picture when they said that's how they hold their reigns and it looked to me that was how you rode in English... by bridging. I didn't know you had a buckle. I also didn't mean to be totally confusing..... :S I ride western... so what you guys were doing just looked / souded confusing. I think I got it straight now. :)
Bridging is not really used until you gallop. Some people use it/teach it during jumps as kind of an intermediate step between grabbing mane and jumping "out of hand" when your balance is good enough that your hands follow the horse's mouth without being used to support your weight.
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post #36 of 37 Old 05-10-2012, 07:51 PM
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I hold the reins pinky out like the pictures SkysEternalAngel posted, but I took one lesson with a German-style dressage trainer who insisted I keep my pinky in. I didn't care for the feel of it (though that's not the reason I didn't go back to her...)
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post #37 of 37 Old 05-13-2012, 10:33 PM
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When I was first learning. I was taught to have my pinky on the outside of the reins. However, fast-forward like 15 years and I'm starting to learn again. This trainer has me have the reins come through my pinky and out over my pointer to hold with my thumb. He says it gives more control. I don't prefer it and I'm glad to hear most people use the other way. However, the trainer is wonderful and I gladly do it. Besides, I'm riding his horse so he would know the best way to deal with it.
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