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Amir 12-13-2012 02:25 AM

Fixing hands...
 
I've started giving a 13 year old girl lessons and she has this habit of getting uneven reins.

She'll be really good with a soft contact and then after a few minutes the reins will slip through her hands and she'll pick up the slack again but then her inside rein will always be longer. Doesn't matter if she's going left or right on a circle, her inside rein will slip through her hands.

I don't know how to get her to fix this as it seems like every 2 minutes I'm asking her what her reins are doing to make her more conscious of them.

Anyone have any ideas? I don't want to keep nagging and she can't ride around with a knot in her reins forever. She uses jumping reins with the little mark thingies on them, but they don't really seem to help her keep them even.

Janna 12-13-2012 02:41 AM

Tell her to pay attention to them or get off your horse.
If you've told her so many times already o.o
I would.

ChingazMyBoy 12-13-2012 02:41 AM

I use to do this very much when I was a beginner.

My coach put coloured tape on my reins, so like green, in the area that I should roughly hold them. That way, I could not only see, but feel where my contact should be. It actually really helped.

I think by reminding her about her reins instead of just telling her that her reins are uneven, is a good idea. It makes -her- think, instead of you doing all the thinking.

However, ask yourself why she cannot keep her hands even. Is it something with her arms? Wrists? Or is it in her seat? I think if you can find the problem, you will be able to give yourself a better solution.

westdressgirl 12-13-2012 02:49 AM

Fixing Hands
 
I suggest giving her a few lessons on the lunge line to work on position especially the lower leg, giving her a good base of support. A firm body position will give her confidence and will translate over into her hand position. She is most likely lacking some coodination in this area and is trying to be soft and not bump the mouth when balance is lost. She might also be collapsing her inside shoulder the more she turns to the inside. If she is not worried about loosing her position and staying straight in the saddle, the hand will become more confident also. Hope this helps? :D

Amir 12-13-2012 03:15 AM

Geeze Janna, way to be a super unhelpful instructor...... I'm being paid to help her fix these kinds of habits. She's been riding 18 months and been off the last 6 months as she broke her arm. Would you like your paid instructor to tell you to pay attention to things or else get off the horse? No. Didn't think so.

Chinga, I think it's in her hands more specifically. She's never liked holding the reins too firmly coz she doesn't want to pull on the horses mouth. Fair. So they just kinda sit in her hands. Her outside rein is always fine though, it's just the inside that kinda slips out a touch so it's about a fist, fist and half uneven.
I just ask her "What are your reins doing?" and then straight away she's on to it.

I think maybe back to the lunge without reins/stirrups and get this balance sorted and then reintroduce reins.

Thanks guys :)

ChingazMyBoy 12-13-2012 03:43 AM

Question - I'm sure you've thought of it already, but I just thought I'd quickly mention it. Have you tried showing her where to put her hands? Like, physically use your hands and place her hands in the correct place. Remember to always tell her when she is doing it correctly, it'll help reinforce and build her confidence that what she is doing is right.

Taking her reins away from her on the lunge - will actually be very beneficial. Put the elements in one step at a time. :) I think that its excellent that you are being so patient with her, especially after her broken arm. Confidence is everything.
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Amir 12-13-2012 04:00 AM

i was devistated for her when she broke her arm as she was just getting really confident.

i think i'll get the tape out next lesson and allow her reins at the end for 5 minutes
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Janna 12-13-2012 04:37 AM

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Originally Posted by Amir (Post 1797275)
Geeze Janna, way to be a super unhelpful instructor...... I'm being paid to help her fix these kinds of habits. She's been riding 18 months and been off the last 6 months as she broke her arm. Would you like your paid instructor to tell you to pay attention to things or else get off the horse? No. Didn't think so.

Chinga, I think it's in her hands more specifically. She's never liked holding the reins too firmly coz she doesn't want to pull on the horses mouth. Fair. So they just kinda sit in her hands. Her outside rein is always fine though, it's just the inside that kinda slips out a touch so it's about a fist, fist and half uneven.
I just ask her "What are your reins doing?" and then straight away she's on to it.

I think maybe back to the lunge without reins/stirrups and get this balance sorted and then reintroduce reins.

Thanks guys :)


Lol when I took lessons mine would do that XD

Chiilaa 12-13-2012 04:44 AM

Well at least she is maintaining her outside rein :-)

I would find some way to get her thinking about HOW she holds them rather than remembering to keep them even. Can you get her to use her hands on the reins like they are canaries? Not so hard as to crush the pretty birdy, but not so loose that it can fly away?

Amir 12-13-2012 04:55 AM

chiilaa thats brilliant! her and her mum breed little canary type birds so putting it in a perspective like that would be great so she has an understanding of how firm her grip should be
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