Gloves will be your cheapest and easiest option ;) I refuse to ride without them... gives you extra grip if you need it, and stops those blisters! I get told off for not taking enough contact, so certainly don't hang off my horse's mouth, and still get blisters just from the movement of the reins between my fingers, without gloves
Yep, gloves are best. And you can find some cheap ones at a petsmart that sells tack or has a horse section, that's what I did. Thin ones are best for me because I like the feel of the reins and seem more connected than if I had big giant thick ones.
Agreed on the posture part. But the gloves help too. Your local tack store should have some riding gloves, with extra fabric between the ifngers. They don't cost too much and are a lifesaver, especially on cold days. And in the show ring I like wearing gloves because I look a lot sharper for english things.
I just wanted to say that I love your signature! Made me laugh hysterically. Maybe from now on, I will tell people I picked up the wrong lead on purpose haha.
It's already been said enough that gloves are your friend, however no need to spend $100 on them, just some gloves that allow you to still feel through them (you have to remember that the horses mouth is attached to your gloves). You should not need them for too long if you have a good instructor.
Also if you are at a lesson barn it should take minutes to change the reins from this
Congratulations on your first ever riding lesson! That is really exciting. It's normal to be really sore at first and even your hands will be sore. Riding is very athletic, make no mistake about it.
Gloves are good. Also, when you are just standing there listening to the teacher, be sure to give the horse some rein so it can relax. Plenty. If you want it to stand still and it is standing still, then you need not "talk" to it anymore with your reins, so let them droop a little. If you keep them "on" (pressure on his mouth) all the time, it's like driving with the brakes on all the time; you'll wear out the brakes and soon they'll mean nothing to your horse.
Be patient. There is a LOT to learn about riding . It takes YEARS to become a good rider, but you'll get comfortable at it in a few months.
After tearing skin couple times I don't even get on horse without gloves (even in summer). There are cheap ones out there. In fact the pair I use for winter riding 3 years already is older leather gloves originally from the "human" store (either Walmart or Kohls).
I'd get some gloves. My mare, an OTSTB, doesn't realize she can carry her own head yet and let me tell you those gloves come in handy! Mine are the cheap gloves you can get at your tack store or online for about $2-$3, the thin cotton pebbly palm ones. Even though they aren't very thick they work wonders.
I made the mistake of forgetting my gloves in my brush box once, and didn't bother to go back and get them. At the end of the ride my hands where raw and I had a few blisters. I'm never w/out then anymore! :P