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Ashley S 04-12-2011 03:02 PM

Reins hurting my hands.
 
I had my first riding lesson yesterday which went pretty well, aside from barely being able to walk today. :-) Worked on doing circles and some trotting, but the reins were rubbing on my hands, at least my fourth finger when the horse threw her head down and my whole body was pulled forward every time it happened. Am I holding the reins too tight when I'm at a standstill, or should I be wearing gloves?

myhorsesonador 04-12-2011 03:05 PM

defanitly get some gloves

Fluffy Pony 04-12-2011 03:05 PM

There are riding gloves that are padded where you hold the reins. They help a lot.
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bubba13 04-12-2011 03:07 PM

Need to stabilize your body and relax your hands so that the horse can't pull you forward like that. But that's going to have to come with time....talk to your instructor about this issue.

SorrelHorse 04-12-2011 03:30 PM

Agreed on the posture part. But the gloves help too. Your local tack store should have some riding gloves, with extra fabric between the ifngers. They don't cost too much and are a lifesaver, especially on cold days. And in the show ring I like wearing gloves because I look a lot sharper for english things.

Cinder 04-12-2011 04:31 PM

I would definitely first work on keeping your elbows at your sides- your arms should have about a ninety degree angle to them. That way when your horse pulls it acts as a shock absorber and you aren't hauled forward. And how are you holding your reigns, and what discipline are you riding?

Other than that I would get a pair of gloves. Any gloves will do, but they should preferably be ones made for riding and if you have to choose between a size large or a size small go for a size small (as long as it's not TOO small lol, you should still be able to comfortably move), that helps a lot when tacking up and not having to put your gloves on and off over and over again.

trynottofall 04-12-2011 05:13 PM

gloves! Also, it sounds painful, but if you want, you can go without them and wait for your hands to get used to them (I just got out of my winter gloves and used up half of my bandaid supply on blisters alone) thin-ish riding gloves are great though. They come in all sizes, just don't get some color like white that gets dirty quickly and should not be insulated or baggy (unless they are winter gloves)
Also, the horse should NOT being pulling her head down..it's just bad manners. Just giver her a little kick each time she does it. She'll learn you mean business soon enough and let up.

ponyjocky 04-12-2011 08:28 PM

get some cotton reins. i have a really nice pair of English ones.

Ashley S 04-12-2011 09:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cinder (Post 995495)
I would definitely first work on keeping your elbows at your sides- your arms should have about a ninety degree angle to them. That way when your horse pulls it acts as a shock absorber and you aren't hauled forward. And how are you holding your reigns, and what discipline are you riding?

I'm riding English. I have the reins going between my ring finger and little finger with my fist upright.

Quote:

Originally Posted by ponyjocky (Post 995771)
get some cotton reins. i have a really nice pair of English ones.

I'm not really in a position to be spending money on reins at the moment, yesterday was the first time I've ever ridden a horse.

LucysMyGirl 04-12-2011 11:38 PM

i think get some gloves i got some at the start of the year and they make a big diference but you could be holding the reins to tight to


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