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post #1 of 14 Old 07-29-2013, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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Should I wear gloves?

During my lesson yesterday my trainer kept reminding me to shorten up my reins. I hadn't noticed them getting long yet time and time again I was told to keep my reins short. I think they're just slipping through my hands! Would wearing gloves help with that? Any other tips to help me out?
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post #2 of 14 Old 07-29-2013, 06:59 PM
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Wearing gloves might help - but it might be because you could be holding them too loosely or lightly.
You could try some gloves that have rubber on them - sometime they can have better grip than leather gloves, but not always.

But it is completely up to you. Just make sure you are holding them tight, but not pulling.
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I have gotten so used to gloves that I cannot ride without them. They really do help your grip, and they look nice. Then when you have to wear them to show, you don't have to worry about feeling funny.

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Gloves give you a better purchase on the reins. I read that line years ago in a book on English riding by an instructor who taught the royals (maybe Prince Charles?) how to ride. I find the reins don't slip at all with gloves.
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During my lesson yesterday my trainer kept reminding me to shorten up my reins. I hadn't noticed them getting long yet time and time again I was told to keep my reins short. I think they're just slipping through my hands! Would wearing gloves help with that? Any other tips to help me out?
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If your reins loosen, it's because you're not holding tightly enough to them. Gloves are there to prevent wrecking your hands with blisters. It would likely help you get a better grip as well, but you just need to recognize your fingers loosening to tighten things up.
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post #6 of 14 Old 07-29-2013, 08:21 PM
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If your reins loosen, it's because you're not holding tightly enough to them.
I don't know about that. With typical flat nylon reins, I can't hold tight enough to keep them from gradually slipping, and I have stronger hands than most people. If I do hold them tightly, that keeps tension in my hands & arms.
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I wore gloves as protection from blisters if the horse pulled a lot or bolted, etc. Almost as big a concern was keeping the sun off my hands, as I was out in the sun for many hours most days. Now, in my 60's-no "age" spots on my hands-it does work! I've used very little sunscreen in my life. Couldn't afford it & couldn't remember-haha.
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I don't know about that. With typical flat nylon reins, I can't hold tight enough to keep them from gradually slipping, and I have stronger hands than most people. If I do hold them tightly, that keeps tension in my hands & arms.
If you had a rope between your hands you were holding onto tightly and it were to loosen, there could only be one reason for that.
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post #9 of 14 Old 07-29-2013, 09:38 PM
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I don't know about that. With typical flat nylon reins, I can't hold tight enough to keep them from gradually slipping, and I have stronger hands than most people. If I do hold them tightly, that keeps tension in my hands & arms.
How hard are the horses your're riding pulling?? I've never had a problem with reins slipping through my fingers unless they were wet and slimy, and I'd say my grip is pretty average at best. Ditto for the folks who are getting blisters. I can't imagine my guy pulling that hard.
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Another reason for gloves-
if you wear any rings and don't take them off- that can lead to major issues if reins get caught on your fingers. Gloves help to protect from this, from what I have been told.
I wear them for grip and comfort, that other stuff was a side benny when I learned it. :)
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