Originally Posted by Brighteyes
Just sit pretty and put your hands either on your head or on your hips. Or, if you want to be cool, hold them out like airplane wings.
Just ride like normal; forget about your hands.
Thanks for the advice! Should I have the reins connected to his bridle or just not use them at all?
Originally Posted by Saskia
Are you aiming to improve your riding or train Lakota?
Re-train Lakota. He wasn't giving to pressure so we decided to start over from the ground with him.
Originally Posted by Western
I would suggest just leaving the reins alone. Hold them, but don't put any pressure on his mouth. If it's a young horse, then you just want him to become comfortable with the weight. You don't need to worry about turns, aids, or commands for a while. Just focus on getting a nice, collected, calm walk. You really should hold the reins though, just incase he panics and the person on the ground can't gain control. That way your not totally helpless in the saddle :/
If its a mature horse, you will seriously confuse it by using the reins. It will be looking for commands and signals from both you and the person on the ground, and he will get frustrated!! It's hard to keep his attention on both of you.
He's 5 but I'm afraid he'll start bucking or something stupid and if I don't have reins I'll be completely helpless up there. So can I just lightly hold the reins with one hand or will that confuse him?