My teacher has me using 2 hands , western on a peruvian paso. She says that my thumbs are furthest away from the horses face and pinkies are closest to the face..( hands facing down and not up) this seems odd to me.. any thoughts? Thanks
FWIW, George Morris says the hands should not be horizontal or vertical, but in between. Another book, whose author I can't remember right now, said the hand should be angled about the same as the horse's shoulder.
I'm no example, and I don't really think about it, but I guess a small angle is how I ride:
I keep my hands somewhere inbetween the two examples: relaxed but thumbs up with my pinky under the rein instead of over. And it was drilled into me by my trainer that you never break or bend your wrists while riding. She would duct tape your wrists if she ever saw it.