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        01-12-2008, 05:15 PM
      #1
    Showing
    Dumb questions

    In riding english do you hold your reins with your thumbs pointing in or up? And whats the reason for holding your hands that way?
         
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        01-12-2008, 08:10 PM
      #2
    Green Broke
    When I rode english I always had my thumbs in im not sure why its that way LOL :)
         
        01-12-2008, 11:02 PM
      #3
    Showing
    Hmm; I usually have them in. LOL!
         
        01-12-2008, 11:29 PM
      #4
    Weanling
    As soon as I get on I get into 'auto mode' so now that you asked I am not sure.LOL I really believe I put my thumbs in. I was taught it gives me more immediate contact with the bit. I also come to this conclusion because sometimes I had to ride with 4 reins back when I had a hard mouthed horse, so I had to be ready to use that inside rein when she did something crazy or tried to pull me around.
         
        01-12-2008, 11:51 PM
      #5
    Weanling
    Well I was taught to ride with my thumbs up because it gives you better control on the horse if you need to slow down or stop. They told us it was like holding an ice cream cone, if your thumbs went in you dropped the ice cream :roll: lol. Altho most of the time I don't think I ride that way, bad habit lol.
         
        01-13-2008, 01:28 AM
      #6
    Weanling
    Your supposed to ride with your thumbs up. (its not a stupid question, a lot of people don't know it.. and a lot of people ride with their thumbs up without knowing why) Just like you hold western (rommel reins) with your thumbs up.

    It makes a clean, straight line from elbow to bit. The uninterupted connection from bit to elbow provides smoother communication and the horse readily understands what you are asking him. If you ride with your thumbs in the line from elbow to bit is most likely broken making the communication less clear and choppy.

    You should keep your elbow in and at your sides (if it goes behind your back, your reins are too long) for the optimal elbow-bit line.
         
        01-14-2008, 06:11 AM
      #7
    Showing
    That makes sense D_Y_R I thought for sure it would be thumbs in so you wouldn't poke yourself
         
        01-14-2008, 07:41 AM
      #8
    Showing
    I actually looked yesterday & I ride with them up!
    LOL! :P
         
        01-14-2008, 04:44 PM
      #9
    Showing
    I rode the other day (two handed) and looked down at my hands. I had my thumbs up, just normal I guess and thought, that can't be right In pictures it always looks like english riders have their thumbs in.
         
        01-14-2008, 06:39 PM
      #10
    Weanling
    I thought you might get the western connection! That helps with me, since I started riding my gelding in western. A lot of people ride with their thumbs in. Some know the correct way and develop bad habits (like I used to).. others were never taught or taught themselves to ride.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/strochka/61085214/
    Take this girl, the elbow to bit connection is clearly broken. (I can't tell, but I'm assuming her thumbs are in) She needs to bend her elbows and rotate her hands so her thumbs are up. It might help with her horse's frame as well. The good thing about riding with your thumbs up, is you can better grip the reins so they don't slide through your hands (or so bad pony can't yank reins! Lol)..

    (I just did a yahoo search for that image so if it belongs to anyone LMK)
         

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