Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
• Horses: 0
Unfortunately, many people think "good hands" come from having a soft grip on the reins.
Nope, good hands come from a flexible elbow and shoulder that have the ability to absorb all movement of the horse's head without changing the amount of contact.
If you have a "soft" grip with the hands, the reins will constantly slip through your fingers. When this happens, you lose your ability to keep contact. Then, you will have to work on shortening the reins again. This creates an "inconsistency" which will distract the horse's attention.
Keep a good strong grip and soften your ARMs, not hands.