SOOO... even though I had an awesome lesson, I still am struggling with my bad habit of TOO LONG REINS!!!
My instructor is on me constantly about it and I KNOW I need to shorten them but its like I have a mental block...
I think it is possibly because I can get away with riding with them long, meaning that it is easier for me to work with my horse and ask for him to come round??? That's my only theory! ANY help that you can offer, or possible reasons why im having so much trouble would be awesome! And feel free to rant about your bad habits too - might make me feel better!
I ride with long reins allot too, because my biggest issue's are my hands. My biggest issue is that I am too taught with my elbows and shoulders. I have a difficult time softening them up.
So when I ride with too short of reins *in my eyes they are too short because I am so accustomed to long* Nelson braces. Head goes high, doesn't soften his jaw, wont relax at the poll, and it just isn't nice.
So when I ride with longer reins, I find I am soft. Odd I know - I cannot even explain it - but there ya have it. So when I ride with a longer rein, my horse relaxes his jaw, softens at the poll and is able to move out and under himself.
And another, when I ride with too short of reins, and I tense up, Nelson goes under the vertcile and I cannot get him to track up. I 100% know it is my fault, but I just don't have the tools to get the proper results....
So when I ride with a longer rein, he opens up, comes under himself and is much happier - because I am softer and more open.