Originally Posted by myw05419
I was told that I have a lot of tension in my wrists and that makes me keep on pulling on the horses mouth... or to better put it I'm stiff. My trainer told me to direct that tension into my elbows so I'm not pulling so much on the reins. How do I go about doing that exactly? How do I dial back the tension in my hands so I'm not so stiff?
Technically we shouldn't be looking at tension anywhere in your body, a tense body is not able to absorb the movement or go with the movement of the horse.
Your arm should be soft from your shoulders to your wrist.
The upper arm hangs softly from your shoulder joint
The elbow is bent to allow the straight line, elbow hand horses mouth na hangs slightly off and forward of the side of the body.
The hands hold the reins with fingers closed, finger tips touching the palm, the wrist is relaxed and in a line with the lower arm and with thumbs on top.
When the horse moves its head the whole arm follows - when it lowers its head the hands go lower and when it raises the head the hands go higher, keeping at all times the straight line elbow, hand horses mouth.