Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: foothills of Virginia
Some horses are more forgiving than others. I have discovered that how tight to hold the reins is a true art, and it varies from horse to horse. I ride with very light hands, always have, but I have one horse that was held so tight all the time, when you gave him the littlest bit of rein he rushed off with it. I had to literally retrain him to walk on a loose rein. But I did. But if you hold the reins too loose, you don't have adequate control, and the horse starts to do what they want rather than what you want. If you hold them too tight they can't engage thier neck and shoulders to do what you have asked, and they get mad and start fighting (cuz you are asking them to do something, but not letting them do it).
It is a delicate balancing act.
Know thyself, know thy horse.