English riders do you ride on contact on the trails? - Page 3

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Trail Riding

English riders do you ride on contact on the trails?

This is a discussion on English riders do you ride on contact on the trails? within the Trail Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category

    Like Tree13Likes

    LinkBack Thread Tools
        08-28-2013, 06:23 PM
    I switch back and forth. My mare is pretty steady and confident. At the walk and trot I can leave my reins loose and she's fine, same at the canter, but usually on trails we gallop and I keep some contact so we don't get Willy nilly all over the place.
    Posted via Mobile Device
    Sponsored Links
        09-12-2013, 11:05 PM
    I've no idea
        09-13-2013, 07:30 AM
    I usually ride dressage in the arena with my horse but when we ride on trail I always leave the reins loose and I educate my horse so he doesn't need contact to respect the speed.

    I think it's safer to ride with loose reins because then horses can use their head and neck to balance themselves particularly when the trail is rough or the horse is clumsy.

    When I am riding on a a busy road I think it is especially important to keep the reins loose because you send the signal to the horse "I'm ok, nothing to fear, carry on" whereas if you keep the contact you could send the other signal "BEWARE we may die soon".
    Eole likes this.
        09-13-2013, 08:16 PM
    I ride my arabians on loose reins most of the time. My pulling-spooky mare became suddenly calm and reliable when I finally let go of the reins. It made of world of difference! She's also using her back and hind better that way. Like Malo, I think they need their neck-head for balance on technical trails. It's their job to keep the speed. I'm still the navigator and will use neck-rein, seat and leg for direction.

    On each ride, I ride short periods in contact, same as in the ring, for training purposes and also when they get spooky or distracted. We "work": straightness, leg-yields etc. It gets their mind working.

    Thread Tools

    Similar Threads
    Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
    Why do we ride the trails? Trails Trail Riding 15 02-24-2013 09:25 PM
    16" Close Contact Saddle! Great for lessons or trails! $150 +shipping. gotxhorses Tack and Equipment Classifieds 1 10-25-2011 06:01 PM
    Need help finding some trails for future ride... Pidge Trail Riding 8 08-08-2011 05:04 PM
    Of interest to WA Riders - Trail access to Fall City trails Trails Trail Riding 2 07-23-2010 08:12 PM
    Austin TX Area- Looking for week day trail riders & trainer for trails TXROBIN Trail Riding 2 09-19-2009 10:51 PM

    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:24 AM.

    Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0