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    06-23-2012, 10:51 AM
Rein advice

So I've been riding for a while now, but have always used barrel reins or other closed reins. Now, I'm looking to ride with split reins.
From what I have read/heard I am holding the reins with my index finger between the reins, my other fingers around the reins, and the reins draped on the same side of the horses neck as my hand that is being used. But I am a little confused on how to use them effectively. For example, when I ride with my closed reins (and am direct reining) before I ask for the canter I pick up a tad my inside rein. How would this, or any other time when one picks up their inside rein, be accomplished riding with split reins?

Thanks for any help!
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    06-23-2012, 12:09 PM
In reality Seat and Leg. If you are going into split reins then you are working on getting your horse to be what is considered a finished bridle horse and by that point they should be working well of seat and leg cues for just about everything. The reins have a part in it but not much.

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