How to hold split reins?

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How to hold split reins?

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    08-26-2012, 10:49 PM
How to hold split reins?

Yeah, just wondering about that. Thanks!
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    08-26-2012, 10:54 PM
With one hand
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    08-26-2012, 10:59 PM
Are you riding with a curb bit or snaffle?

When I use my curb bit, I put my pointer finger in between the reins.
    08-26-2012, 11:01 PM
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Well, if you're riding one handed, cross them over on your horses neck and grab where they cross.

And if your riding with two hands.... that's harder to explain...

Does this help?

    08-27-2012, 12:19 AM
If you are riding one handed then the reins do not cross. The tail of the reins falls on the side of the hand you are using. Like has been stated you put your index finger between the reins with your pulm down and the rest of the reins running through your hand.
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    08-27-2012, 12:32 AM
Ok, thanks
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    08-27-2012, 01:09 AM
Green Broke
Hm. I guess the way I do it isn't proper for showing :O
The way I explained works better if you're doing something other than showing. I've tried the other way explained and I didn't like it at all.

I guess my way would be more.... practical?
It's easier to go to two hands if you have to, and a lot of the time, I've found myself fiddling with a rope during a ride, and crossing the reins over is easier for that as well.
I saw the title and didn't realize it was in the WP section....
I do not belong here. XD

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    08-28-2012, 01:21 PM
I find that a visual always helps.

Here's the proper way to hold the reins with one-hand in a curb bit for showing purposes.

And here's if you are showing a young horse in a snaffle bit with two-hands for showing.
    08-28-2012, 02:58 PM
For showing, I always held my reins like the above picture (the horse in the curb).

For trail riding, I put a knot in my reins for safety sake, so I don't accidentally drop one.

When I am working with young kids and showing, I always ask the judge if she'll allow me to leave the reins knotted for safety's sake.
    08-28-2012, 03:04 PM
If you ride with a split bit or english, you rest the reins between the little finger and "hang" them on the middle 3 fingers with the thumb gently extended out naturallyy. You get the gentle pull on either side or both by just closing the 3 middle fingers-not by pulling. It is never gripped hold but very soft so if you close the fingers it means something. Not the constant tugging ect.

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