Hold Reins or Let Go? BIG QUESTION - The Horse Forum

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 95 Old 11-18-2010, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
Started
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 1,908
• Horses: 3
Exclamation Hold Reins or Let Go? BIG QUESTION

OKay so I was wondering when you fall off do you hold the reins or let go? I watch english riders on youtube(not saying all english riders do this and I have NOTHING against english riders)and 99% of the time when they fall they hold the reins with a death grip and a lot of the western riders (again not saying all western riders) that I see let go of the reins as they are falling. Is it an english thing? The way a person is taught to ride? Personal preference?
I was always taught to let go of the reins so you don't accidently pull the horse onto you when you fall.

Again not trying to offend anyone western and english riders alike I would just like to know.

~ Hope is never light years away ~
Phantomcolt18 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 95 Old 11-18-2010, 07:02 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: In a hicktown
Posts: 3,489
• Horses: 7
LET GO! If you hold on you have a chance of ripping your horse's face off!!

I was a dreamer
Before you went and let me down.
VanillaBean is offline  
post #3 of 95 Old 11-18-2010, 07:08 PM
Started
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 2,148
• Horses: 1
I let go. I never understood why the riders I have seen in videos hold on.
Tennessee is offline  
post #4 of 95 Old 11-18-2010, 07:08 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Alabama,USA
Posts: 3,909
• Horses: 1
It's usually an instinct to not let go. Falls can happen so fast that you don't have time to think, "Drop the reins!"

Also, many people don't drop the reins because they don't want their horses running loose.
Posted via Mobile Device
Sunny is offline  
post #5 of 95 Old 11-18-2010, 07:11 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 4,144
• Horses: 1
I'll tell ya, everytime I have fallen off I unconsciously hold the reins. I ride western but I don't know anything about english holding and western letting go. Never heard of that.
Posted via Mobile Device
mbender is offline  
post #6 of 95 Old 11-18-2010, 07:12 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: No. VA
Posts: 847
• Horses: 0
I think I let go. I've only fallen once, though. It's time. 8|
vivache is offline  
post #7 of 95 Old 11-18-2010, 07:14 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Southern CA
Posts: 325
• Horses: 3
I've noticed that with English riders too! Usually when I go flying all I have time for is to think oh s*** and then its over. However I've had people comment on how by the time I hit the ground I'm already getting up.
Posted via Mobile Device
TKButtermilk is offline  
post #8 of 95 Old 11-18-2010, 07:16 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
Posts: 3,679
• Horses: 5
Depends on the situation. For me it is instinctual, in the school I always seem to let go, if i'min open territory or on the roads I hang on!

RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT

faye is offline  
post #9 of 95 Old 11-18-2010, 07:19 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Wenas, WA
Posts: 950
• Horses: 1
^ Same as Faye. If I am at home or in an arena I don't wanna be pulled along. If I'm out riding on a trail the last thing I want to do is lose my horse.

"Horses don’t have hard mouths, they have hard, stiff bodies. The softer you can get the horse through his body, the softer he will be in your hands." Clinton Anderson




AQHA13 is offline  
post #10 of 95 Old 11-18-2010, 07:24 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ohio
Posts: 10,441
• Horses: 0
I always want to hold on because I'm always a step ahead of myself and don't want the horse to run off, but I can usually tell myself not to hold on and it works.
equiniphile is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

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

Password:


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

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









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
Draw reins, side reins, chambon, de gogue...please help Duskylove Horse Tack and Equipment 14 07-06-2012 10:22 PM
Question About Barrel Reins. Tennessee Horse Tack and Equipment 8 07-09-2009 05:53 PM
how to hold on Tayz Horse Riding 16 05-26-2009 10:56 PM
hold your reins? Jr_lover Horse Training 27 02-01-2009 06:10 PM
Republicans don't hold grudges Joshie Jokes and Funnies 2 12-16-2008 07:59 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