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post #1 of 9 Old 08-16-2013, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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How to hold reins?

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
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-16-2013, 12:52 AM
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Hands facing down..... Do you mean that your palms are pointed at the ground?

I've always been taught that your palms should face each other when you are riding with 2 hands, thumbs toward the sky and pinkies toward the ground
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Yes to above post, but thumbs point to opposite ear ever so slightly. Sounds like your teacher is getting you to ride with piano hands, never heard of that before.
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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:

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Hands facing down..... Do you mean that your palms are pointed at the ground?

I've always been taught that your palms should face each other when you are riding with 2 hands, thumbs toward the sky and pinkies toward the ground
Rafe kind of makes you look like a little kid, smrobs. <3
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^^ Rafe would make John Wayne look like a jockey! Great looking horse, though...
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^^ Rafe would make John Wayne look like a jockey! Great looking horse, though...
He really is a looker. And so is Mia at that...I've always fancied her. :)
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Hmmm...my position mimics bsms.. Mostly because that's a comfortable position for me while keeping all my body parts balanced, relaxed and in control.
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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.
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