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post #11 of 16 Old 06-12-2009, 11:58 PM
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I hold it so the rein comes into my hand between my pinkie and next finger, and exits my hand between my thumb and pointer. The normal 'english' way I guess.

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post #12 of 16 Old 06-13-2009, 01:38 AM
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I also hold them the way wild_spot explained.
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post #13 of 16 Old 06-13-2009, 02:40 AM
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The way I hold the reins is a disaster area, I have so many bad habits that I daren't tell you about them in case someone else tries them out.
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post #14 of 16 Old 06-13-2009, 03:06 AM
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I ride English, so I've always learnt to hold the reins in both hands and on a good contact. The range of contact differs with each horse I ride (I mean, SOME horses you wouldn't even DREAM of letting off a contact!!! *shudders - remembering Sabre, the little git!!!*) but I love riding horses in a collected frame. I feel more in tune with what the horse underneath me is doing. I can tell when he's playing with the bit, when he's tense, when he's bored etc.
You also learn to have really quiet hands when you're collecting a horse. One slight yank on the reins from losing your balance can cause a lot of head tossing and losing that nice spring coil you'd been trying for 10 minutes to achieve!!!!

But I must admit, moseying along on a loose rein while trail riding is sooooo relaxing!

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post #15 of 16 Old 06-14-2009, 12:52 AM
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I ride English. For the most part, I hold my reins in both hands, but when I'm riding on a really loose rein, I hold the reins in one hand. I just find it easier for some reason.

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post #16 of 16 Old 06-14-2009, 02:01 PM
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I just wanted to say, y'all make me feel so much better, seeing how many of you "free style" your riding! I grew up riding western and neck-reining, but never really classicly trained. So it was more "free style". Now, however, with TJ being an English horse I'm trying to learn direct reining and more contact et cetera...I have a hard time with it 'cuz again, I can't afford traditional lessons. Everyone around me kinda' pokes fun at me 'cuz I am just a pleasure rider and usually fall back into "free styling" (dressage bridle, western saddle, snaffle, loose rein, one handed). Hey, as long as TJ goes where I want, when I want and stops, yah know?!

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