my riding - heavy hands:( - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 Old 07-25-2010, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 697
• Horses: 7
my riding - heavy hands:(

We went to a show today, and here are some pictures.

We did really good in the showmanship/halter (1st place showmanship, and 2nd in halter!!).

I've been going through my pictures, and I think I'm too heavy with my hands during the riding. What do you think?

What should I do?

How bad is it?

And, I know it's hard to critique anything else without my face in the picture, but if you see anything please let me know everything and anything I could improve. Even if it's something tiny it will help me improve.

I also attached some other pictures.

Attached Images
File Type: jpg 100_3431 - Copy.jpg (80.5 KB, 241 views)
File Type: jpg 100_3435 - Copy.jpg (62.3 KB, 235 views)
File Type: jpg GetAttachment - Copy.jpg (57.6 KB, 238 views)
File Type: jpg IMGP2901.jpg (49.7 KB, 243 views)
File Type: jpg IMGP2893.jpg (55.9 KB, 239 views)
File Type: jpg IMGP2755.jpg (50.8 KB, 236 views)
Pro is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 Old 07-26-2010, 12:18 AM
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
Posts: 22,258
• Horses: 24
Congratulations on placing so well in halter and showmanship .

First thing that pops out at me is that you should be riding with only one hand when you are using a curb bit in a show, it might also help to let your reins out a notch. They seem a little short to me. Second, it appears that you really have your hands clenched around the reins in nearly every picture. I know that my hands get hard and I can't feel as much when I have the reins in a tight grip. Also, it might help to put just a bit more bend in your elbows. They are awfully straight in most of the pix.

I am not gonna say that how I ride is correct (cause technically it probably isn't) but I do have soft hands and I am comfortable with how I ride. This is my usual form when I am riding. I keep my elbows just a little bent (that provides more fluidity than just moving your whole arm from the shoulder) and my hands have a nice soft grip on the reins. I usually keep the reins in that middle joint of my fingers and usually, just tightening my fist is enough of a cue without actually having to move my arms. Again, not saying that you should ride like me but just throwing some ideas out there that might help. Here is a pic of me on one of my greenies.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog:
smrobs is offline  
post #3 of 4 Old 07-26-2010, 05:26 AM
Join Date: May 2010
Location: AZ
Posts: 527
• Horses: 0
Just throwing this out there but if you have the means, riding without your hands all together and/or bareback might help. If you feel comfortable enough to ride with out your hands all together then when you do get your reins back hopefully your hand wont be as heavy. I've never been heavy handed so I don't really know but that is something I did when I was little.
Hunterjumper7654 is offline  
post #4 of 4 Old 07-26-2010, 10:31 PM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 8,157
• Horses: 0
Attach yarn to the bit and use them as your reins. Knot your reins and ride with the yarn reins. The yarn will quickly teach you to stay light in your contact since it will break if you're heavy handed.

You just have to see your don't have to like it.
MyBoyPuck is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
he's so heavy on my hands!! BrokenWings Horse Training 22 06-01-2010 06:57 PM
Heavy on my hands? dreamrideredc Horse Training 11 04-03-2010 05:22 PM
Heavy on my hands Mare in foal Horse Training 1 01-28-2010 02:06 PM
Riding with my seat, not my hands. Gillian Dressage 19 06-12-2009 11:53 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome