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Hold Reins or Let Go? BIG QUESTION

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        11-18-2010, 09:07 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
    I rode western growing up messing around on the farm, and now ride english.

    Depending on the fall...in either saddle....i have held on and let go. It just all depended on the circumstance. Coming off over the head I am more likely to hang on, but coming off the side, I will more likely let go.

    If there is a right and wrong to this, I have never heard of it until coming to this forum.
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        11-18-2010, 09:19 PM
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    Originally Posted by VelvetsAB    
    I rode western growing up messing around on the farm, and now ride english.

    Depending on the fall...in either saddle....i have held on and let go. It just all depended on the circumstance. Coming off over the head I am more likely to hang on, but coming off the side, I will more likely let go.

    If there is a right and wrong to this, I have never heard of it until coming to this forum.
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    I'm not saying it's a right or wrong I was just wondering =D I guess it just depends on the person, horse, and situation.
         
        11-18-2010, 09:44 PM
      #23
    Banned
    Please let go when you fall off. If you hold on, you run the risk of getting drug and injuring or even killing yourself. No matter what you want to think, bits don't stop horses. If a horse doesn't want to stop running, a piece of metal isn't going to stop them. Your best bet is to fall off and then go get your horse, or have somebody else go get your horse.
         
        11-18-2010, 10:37 PM
      #24
    Green Broke
    It was pounded into me growing up, when you come off, let go of the reins and push yourself clear as possible on the way down. You can always catch up the horse afterwards. You will CERTAINLY be in no condition to do so if you flip them over on you by yanking their faces off.
         
        11-18-2010, 10:45 PM
      #25
    Green Broke
    Only two times I fell off, the horse was also on a lunge line, so there was absolutely no reason for me to not let go.

    I ride English and am pretty darn short, so there is no way I could hang onto the reins anyways, I'd be dangling from them.
         
        11-18-2010, 10:53 PM
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    It was pounded into me growing up, when you come off, let go of the reins and push yourself clear as possible on the way down. You can always catch up the horse afterwards. You will CERTAINLY be in no condition to do so if you flip them over on you by yanking their faces off.

    This is what I was told too. I don't know it just seems safer to let go. I would understand what smrobs said earlier about falling off a green horse and not letting them run away because it's good to teach them to stop when you come off. This is a weird topic lol
         
        11-18-2010, 11:39 PM
      #27
    Weanling
    With the horse I ride, I know she will stop dead if I fall, so I drop the reins without worry. Unfamiliar horses or horses I don't trust...I think I may hold on, but not on purpose. Just subconsciously.
         
        11-19-2010, 12:48 AM
      #28
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    If I am just rolling off the shoulder, I hold on. If I go flyin', I let go. But that's not due to thinking about it. It just seems to come out that way.
    I did hurt my hand once when I went over the mare's head onto a jump and didn't let go. My fingers now are arthritic from that injury.
         
        11-19-2010, 01:30 AM
      #29
    Weanling
    It depends on the horse and situation for me as well.
    My young green 4 year old, I will keep a death grip if on a trail ride mainly because I don't know if he would stay with the group or run off. I can't imagine him running off but I would rather get dragged than have my horse get hit by a car. We have no where to ride that avoids cars unfortunately.
    If I was in a closed area I would try let go. Pulling on the horse with the reins is the last thing I worry about. Im more worried if my horse will ditch and run and hurt himself and I want to do as much as I can to aavoid that.
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        11-19-2010, 01:38 AM
      #30
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    I can't predict what I would do, but I think my instinct would tell me to hold on so that the horse does not run into an unsafe situation. I have been riding for about 30 years, and have fallen off twice in that time. It would have to be a really bad fall for me to think of me first. Of course if I were being dragged I would let go immediately, I come first, but if I have a way of helping or saving the horse I am riding, I would always chose that option.
    Almost everything in horse training comes down to how we would deal with a split second decision. You cannot correct a horse after you google the problem and think on it for a minute.
         

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