I have ridden and taught hunt seat all my life.after having had back surgery I discovered I could still ride by switching to western.I love it. In hunters the excess bight falls right side. In single hand split reins why does the excess fall to the left? Posted via Mobile Device
When I ride split reins I have them crossed in an x over their neck, so there's excess rein one to each side.
I think it's just personal preference, to be honest. I know a lot of people around here improvise them as a whip if the horse need it, and they hang the excess to the opposite aide they actually rein with (so that it's with their free hand and available for use). Posted via Mobile Device
That came about with the dismount. The cowboy could take the left rein (dismount side) and walk to his horse's head and the right rein would remain draped over the horse's neck. Your hunter reins are buckled and too short to work in this fashion.