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post #1 of 29 Old 01-08-2012, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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Open fingers + habit = broken fingers/yelling

Okay so I've been taking lessons for awhile now. And just recently, my coach has always been yelling at me to close my fingers. (she's given me a lecture about how's she's broken fingers) and I was just wondering if anybody could give me tips on keeping my fingers closed (I JUST CAN'T SEEM TO REMEMBER!!)

Maybe excersizes or an experience you've had that you'd like to share?

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post #2 of 29 Old 01-08-2012, 11:50 PM
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Try carrying everything you carry in your hand, with closed fingers. Pencils, glassed, steering wheel, clothing, remote control. Everything that you hold, you wrap yoru fingers around and hold softly, but no air.
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No I just told myself "thumbs on top, hold your reins" and after x many years, it becomes natural. You just have to keep reminding yourself. Open fingers leads to finger/tendon and ligament strains.. and blisters.. and all sorts of other trouble. It's just a bad habit you have to break.
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Try carrying everything you carry in your hand, with closed fingers. Pencils, glassed, steering wheel, clothing, remote control. Everything that you hold, you wrap yoru fingers around and hold softly, but no air.
Thank you!! Great idea, I will definitely be getting slot of weird looks tomorrow but it's worth it!! :)
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No I just told myself "thumbs on top, hold your reins" and after x many years, it becomes natural. You just have to keep reminding yourself. Open fingers leads to finger/tendon and ligament strains.. and blisters.. and all sorts of other trouble. It's just a bad habit you have to break.
Thanks :) it really helped & I appreciate it a lot!
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Thanks :) it really helped & I appreciate it a lot!
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It'll come in time :) That's the thing about horse riding.. or horses in general. There's always so many little things you have to be doing.. it's like super multitasking.
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I have that same problem since I started back riding! I did the same thing Tinyliny suggested-started carrying items that would fall if I opened my fingers. Pens/pencils really helped me since they are small enough that they will slip right out if you open your fingers. Has helped a ton!
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And remind yourself how far you've come that now she's finally picking on you for your open fingers. It's a bad habit you have to overcome but think about it, obviously when you start riding, you have so many MORE things that need immediate attention, for her to finally work her way down to the "Close your fingers" part, you've made quite a bit of progress.

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Use a set of reins and hold them while watching tv.
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Sometimes it helps to switch to a different horse discipline to teach your hand to close. I read (and taught) changing your hand position to that of driving where the reins come over your index finger, down through the palm and exit bottom of your pinkie. You instinctively grab with your thumb and close your hand. Your arm either follows (English) or remains stationary (Western), but it works for both. =D
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