I got some split reins that I absolutely love, but they're WAY too long. When I'm riding with them pretty loose they're only about a foot and a half away from the ground.
And then, if I try to have any sort of contact with Lacey's mouth, they actually seem to wrap themselves around her legs and are only about 6 inches off the ground.
Since she does have pretty "lofty" gaits, I'm very concerned about her accidentally stepping on one or something...
I'm currently holding them (when I'm neck reining with no contact) in my right hand with my pointer finger in between the reins which is "correct" according to my horsemanship teacher... Maybe that's not right? I'm not holding on to anything with my left hand. Should I be holding the ends with my left hand?
When I have contact I've been "bridging" them but they're just so dang long!
I guess my main concern is the direct reining/contact thing since Lacey isn't perfect at neck reining yet and there are some times when she needs me to pick up both reins...
The other day, it was exceedingly hilarious, the reins had awkwardly wrapped themselves around her leg and she was mad. So she angrily swished her tail and COW KICKED at them. I think I about died of laughter. She was like "you're throwing off my groove! Meanies!" It was hilarious. I think that was one of the only times I've ever seen her act out in irritation at something. Tooooo funny.
Is there a trick? There must be....I hope.