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post #1 of 9 Old 05-13-2011, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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Bridging your reins?

So I know you can hold your reins with one between your thumb and index finger, and one between your index finger and middle finger with the ends running past your pinky, and I also know of people that hold their reins with 2 hands as if they are riding english. Are you also able to bridge your reins, like crossing them over themselves and holding them together through your hand? They do that in english sometimes, during training. I was just curious, it could possibly help me?

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post #2 of 9 Old 05-13-2011, 08:50 PM
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I do that with my leather split reins and my nylon split reins were tied (not like you would tie shoes, but like you would tie a knot with a length of string. Does that make sense?). But you didn't say what your actual problem is, so it's rather difficult to help.
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Sorry, I didnt have a problem, I was just wondering if people bridge western reins, like at shows and things?

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Oh, sorry. I don't show, so I have no idea. That's just how I prefer to hold my split reins. I usually use the nylon ones tied and carry it between my fingers.
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post #5 of 9 Old 05-13-2011, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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cool! I tie one set of mine, but they are mainly my trail riding ones, and tying your reins isnt preferred during shows.

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I didn't think so. But I trail ride so I don't have show rules to follow.
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coolio :)

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post #8 of 9 Old 05-13-2011, 10:28 PM
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It depends what you're showing in. It can be common to see in snaffle bit classes for young horses. However, anything with a curb and you're required to ride single handed.

A few people bridge for gaming, but most people ride with short barrel reins as they're easier to handle again for riding single handed.

In general, bridging your reins is for training and not the showring.

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post #9 of 9 Old 05-15-2011, 08:16 AM Thread Starter
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okay, thank you!

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