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post #1 of 5 Old 12-29-2012, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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How To Keep Tension In Your Elbows, Not Wrist

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?
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-29-2012, 03:42 PM
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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?
Tension on your wrists cannot put tension on your horses mouth. Tension in your elbows ALWAYS will.

The wrists should not bend and give. This is a weak and less sensitive way to follow the horse's movements. The wrist NEEDS to stay immobile.

The elbows and shoulders are where ALL of the movement needed to follow the horse's movements need to come from. I'm afraid that I think your trainer is dead wrong or, at the very least, backwards.

In this video, notice the movement in the elbows/shoulder and how UNmoving the wrists are.




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Have you focused on a bend in your elbow instead of tension in the wrist? Let your wrists be soft but make sure your arm isn't straightening out.
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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.
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my response was like Allison's. I thought , "what?" seems backward to me.

I dont'think you should ever think of it as "tension". but you need to have "tone" in your wrists. I also think that there is tone in your forearm, and shoulders. Your elbow needs to be very moveable.

Tone means that the muscle is not flacid. You might think of it as roughly halfway between being totally flacid and totally rigid. or mayve a bit less than halfway. but even a relaxed part of your body , such as your buttock muscles, should not be flacid.

If your wrist is really loose you will not have enough tone in it to be able to feel the horse's mouth and how the bit is in his mouth. THIS is necessary for you to be able to follow the mouth. IF you don't have a firm contact with the mouth, you simply cannot follow it. If you cannot follow it, you will alternate between tight/ gapping contact . . ..tight/gapping . . tight/gapping, and each time it hits tight, it hurt the horse because HE cannot follow your hand, either.
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