I am really not trying to be rude or pick a fight or anything, i'm just wondering, why are you so tight on your reins? I haven't taken lessons in a long time, and i've just ridden western two times this past week (not in a lesson) so i'm not really extremely experienced or anything, but my main problem when I rode (and I rode saddleseat) was that I kept my reins too tight.
I'm just wondering if you're supposed to keep them that tight and what the reason is. I know you're a great rider because I see you on here all the time and you look very experienced and have some great horses!
I'm really just asking a question, not trying to critique you on your riding.