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ChristophersCanter 08-17-2011 05:23 PM

Helpful ideas for closed fingers around the reins?
 
I'm not sure why i always do this, but it's happening a lot now. I tend to not close my fingers around the reins, which didn't happen ever before. At least, no one corrected me about it.
Does anyone have any tips or ideas to help me keep my fingers closed?
Thanks in advance:)

BarrelracingArabian 08-17-2011 05:44 PM

what we always use to get little kids to keep their fingers closed(and thumbs up) is to imagine that you are holding an ice cream cone and you do not want it to drop. It works for them or you can put a straw or something where you hold your reins (if possible for you) and it will remind you to keep your hands closed or you'll lose it.

ChristophersCanter 08-17-2011 05:59 PM

thanks! i think it's weird that it only happens with 2 reins that i use. i used to think about my horse being always in an open field of grass, and that she always wants to eat... but ive been forgetting lately. ):

Strange 08-17-2011 07:35 PM

I feel like this is more morbid/disturbing, but I was told to pretend you're holding a small bird in each hand. You don't want it to get away but you don't want to crush it either!

Carleen 08-17-2011 07:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Strange (Post 1140325)
I feel like this is more morbid/disturbing, but I was told to pretend you're holding a small bird in each hand. You don't want it to get away but you don't want to crush it either!

My first coach very nearly bought me two baby chicks for this very reason... :shock:

ChristophersCanter 08-18-2011 12:10 AM

O.O
that's slightly scary. but.. it mustve worked. i'll try all these ideas as soon as i can! thanks guys:)

Carleen 08-18-2011 01:56 AM

That, and if you have a habit of having piano hands she would make you hold two mugs full of water while you rode. If you turned your hand the wrong way you'd spill water on your horse and spook it...

Sound scary, but the methods definitely worked!!

Oakley Eastern Miss 08-18-2011 03:17 AM

I had a very similar method used on me when i was young, they made us carry plastic mugs with handles. They would fill them to the top with water- it made you close your fingers and keep your hands still else you and pony ended up soaked :)

ChristophersCanter 08-18-2011 02:35 PM

I don't have a habit with piano hands, but that mug idea seems like it would be a great method anyways! or just holding anything when riding. thanks for the great ideas!:)
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Courtney 08-18-2011 02:45 PM

I love these ideas. I remember when I was taking riding lessons, my instructor handed us each a glass of pop and had us hold that in one hand while our horses jogged. No one wanted to spill soda on themselves or their horse, and we learned very quickly how to ride without bouncing around.

We used straws to help us keep our fingers closed.

We tucked a sheet of paper under each thigh while riding. The idea was to keep our upper thigh quiet and still enough that the paper would stay in place all lesson. Sometimes, we'd tuck one under our bums to remind us not to bounce in the saddle. If my instructor was feeling particularly evil, she'd hand us a glass of soda (mentioned above) and tell us to hold that WHILE trying to keep the three pieces of paper in place.


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