Join Date: May 2008
Location: Ontario, Canada
When you ride, your hands SHOULD be moving slightly, but only to subtly follow the horses' movements and shouldn't really be detectable. You are probably riding on your hands, where you use your hands to push yourself up to post. Remember that posting should come from having weight in your heel and pushing from your inner thighs.
When you mount your horse, collect your reins lightly at first. Keep an even feel with them, hands TOGETHER, thumbs pointing to the TOP. When you ride, there should always be a straight line from your elbow, down your arm, along the rein, to the horse's mouth. Your arm should be in line with your rein. Movements with reins should be hardly detectable in English riding.
Remember that when asking your horse to pick up a gait for example, leg is the first aid you use. Leg first, follow through with hands. You may be asking your horse only from your reins when really your legs should be doing most of the work. As I said before, when you first start out, just keep a loose feel on the reins and let your horse have a little head. You can collect more later. Reins should not be tight but firm. Make sure that your hands are always together, thumbs to the top. When using reins to change direction, you SHOULDN'T BE WIDENING THE SPACE BETWEEN YOUR HANDS by bringing one out from the other, instead use leg to guide the turn and follow through with rein by bringing it BACK towards your belly. Hands should ALWAYS BE TOGETHER. Does this make any sense? I feel like I can't explain this properly, lol.
But basically what you need to remember is to keep your hands together at the horse's neck. Don't press down on the neck though, make sure your balance is coming from your seat and not your hands. I hoped this helped, sorry if I couldn't explain it better. But don't be discouraged ... good luck!!!
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