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    12-08-2009, 01:43 PM
  #1
Weanling
Piano hands? Thumps up?

Ok so curious...I know the "right" way to ride is with thumps up...but what is the reason? What makes piano hands bad or does it just not look good? Thanks
     
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    12-08-2009, 02:16 PM
  #2
Trained
I believe it gives you a straighter line from your elbow/hand to the bit.
Im a horrible piano-handed rider. I feel so uncomfortable and dopey riding with my thumbs up x.x I really should work on fixing it
     
    12-08-2009, 10:05 PM
  #3
Weanling
I was drilled into thumps up so I normally don't either way but was just curious on the reasons. I'm a western rider so I neck rein normally ;)
     
    12-08-2009, 10:14 PM
  #4
Trained
When we hold our reins correctly with the fingers closed and gripping the reins and our thumbs on top, a straight wrist and the index finger more forward than the pinky we are able to better hold a contact and be soft at the same time.
This is because the two bones in the forearm are then parallel and do not cross, when the wrist twists and the forearm bones cross our forearm becomes rigid.
Also, when our hands are in this position it allows us to flex the horse by simply turning the wrist, instead of makeing a backwards motion with the entire arm.
     
    12-08-2009, 10:22 PM
  #5
Green Broke
Hmm, that's interesting Anebel! I ride with my hands up where they are supposed to be, and you can tell a difference. My horse braces in the neck when my arms get hevy!
     
    12-09-2009, 08:40 PM
  #6
Foal
Red face

Anebel, that was an excellent illustration you made regarding the parallel bones in your arms.

Good answer.
     
    12-12-2009, 01:13 AM
  #7
Trained
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Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
When we hold our reins correctly with the fingers closed and gripping the reins and our thumbs on top, a straight wrist and the index finger more forward than the pinky we are able to better hold a contact and be soft at the same time.
This is because the two bones in the forearm are then parallel and do not cross, when the wrist twists and the forearm bones cross our forearm becomes rigid.
Also, when our hands are in this position it allows us to flex the horse by simply turning the wrist, instead of makeing a backwards motion with the entire arm.
I agree with this post except for the turning your wrist. You aren't supposed to "break" your wrist, it should stay straight. Your wrist alone is weak, but your arms are stronger with your thumbs up and wrists straight, in case your horse bucks, bolts, refuses to turn, etc.
     

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