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Hold Reins or Let Go? BIG QUESTION

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        01-28-2011, 04:16 PM
      #91
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Azaria    
    Hmmm, a broken arm (or worse) from being caught in the reins as you fall is a lot worse than a horse running off a ways in the forest.
    Thats all well and good if you ride in the forrests however some of us don't have that luxury and have to ride on the roads. You let go on the roads and you are risking not only a dead horse if they get his by a car, but you are also risking the life of the drivers and passengers of any car that is on the road. A horse going through the windscreen will kill who ever is in the front seats! I'd rather take the broken arm and the horse having a sore mouth!

    I also very rarely ride in a group. I have my own yard and I'm very lucky if I can pursuade my brother or sister to come for a ride with me. So I go on my own, if I let go the horse will head for home if it possibly can and that means crossing roads that are fast and busy!

    That is why I keep hold on rides.
    In the school I let go!
         
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        01-28-2011, 04:37 PM
      #92
    Foal
    You're right--every situation is different. I choose to let go for the reasons I stated. I am lucky I can ride where there are no vehicles, I am sure I would have to re-examine my choice if I did so.

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    Originally Posted by faye    
    Thats all well and good if you ride in the forrests however some of us don't have that luxury and have to ride on the roads. You let go on the roads and you are risking not only a dead horse if they get his by a car, but you are also risking the life of the drivers and passengers of any car that is on the road. A horse going through the windscreen will kill who ever is in the front seats! I'd rather take the broken arm and the horse having a sore mouth!

    I also very rarely ride in a group. I have my own yard and I'm very lucky if I can pursuade my brother or sister to come for a ride with me. So I go on my own, if I let go the horse will head for home if it possibly can and that means crossing roads that are fast and busy!

    That is why I keep hold on rides.
    In the school I let go!
         
        01-29-2011, 04:28 AM
      #93
    Foal
    You don't really have time to think. I let go and I ride English. But if I was riding out, opposed to in an arena, then I'd probably have the sense to hold them.
         
        01-29-2011, 08:45 PM
      #94
    Weanling
    It would be too bad to lose a horse on a road and it's something I worry about. However, I always remember that Christopher Reeve got his hands tangled in the reins and that was part of why he landed so badly. My friend came off once on someone else's horse so she was worried about letting the horse go. She broke three fingers as the horse didn't stop right away. If a horse is going to run away right after you fall off, the chances of you holding on is very slim. I've had a good grip on reins and lead ropes many times when a horse decided to run and I've rarely been able to hold on. When the rope burns your hands they let go instinctively just like they jerk back when you touch a hot stove.
         
        01-29-2011, 09:24 PM
      #95
    Green Broke
    I came off recently and let go, often the type of fall dictates whether you hold the reins or not. For some reason I think I was taught to hold on to reins. I'm rather confrontational so me falling off turns into me vs. horse in my head and holding onto to them helps me win.

    I'm glad I let go of that horse though, don't want anything to do with her ever again.

    I've had the kind of horses that stop when you fall and they're brilliant. I don't think I am going to ride anymore but if I ever get another horse i'm going to get one that stops dead when you come off.
         

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