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post #11 of 14 Old 10-21-2010, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
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You need to get those knuckles away from the neck and learn to use your shoulders and elbows to absorb the movement of your horse's frame.

Just wondering... by "knuckles" do you mean that I have "piano hands" and that my wrists are strangely angled/my thumbs are not up? Or just that I should focus on repositioning my arms to create a more consistent contact?

I've never thought that I had hard hands before, which is why I'm asking. Most of the other critiques I've received here I've already known about or are basically linear extensions from existing problems.

Please keep the critique coming, though. I'm going to try to focus on a lot of these things are will definitely use the tips that many of you have provided.

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post #12 of 14 Old 10-21-2010, 11:14 PM
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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.
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I agree with VelvetsAB. For getting him/her to bend I suggest pulling and releasing and putting your outside leg behing the girth so his hindquarters dont swing out. Keep your thumbs up, shoulders back, sit up, eyes up, and hands up!! Dont rest your hands on his/her neck. They should be slighty above and infront of the withers. Try to pump less with your body. But other than that your a good rider.
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post #14 of 14 Old 10-23-2010, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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OK, thanks so much!
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