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  • Whenrideing western where do you put your hands
  • Where to put my hands when showing western

 
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    01-25-2011, 11:53 AM
  #1
Yearling
Western Hands

So when I first learned how to ride I rode english, but then I started riding western and I loved it. I haven't had a horse that neck reins well before so I have just had my normal enlgish hold on the reins but Gizmo actually neck reins. Looking at pictures and stuff it doesn't seem like I am hold the reigns in the correct way. Can anyone tell me what is the correct way to hold the reins for neck reining?
     
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    01-25-2011, 12:13 PM
  #2
Weanling
Hard to say what your doing wrong when we can't see for out selves though.
     
    01-25-2011, 12:17 PM
  #3
Trained
Both reins in one hand. You palm facing down with your first finger between the 2 reins.
     
    01-25-2011, 05:01 PM
  #4
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Waybueno    
Hard to say what your doing wrong when we can't see for out selves though.
True true. Let me see if I can't find one really quick and if I can't I will go up to the barn tonight and take one of me holding the reins for you. There is kinda of one. I'm wearing gloves so it is a bit harder to see. I hold it palm down with one rein under my thumb and the other between my pinky. To me it just doesn't look the same that other people hold them.
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    01-25-2011, 09:31 PM
  #5
Green Broke
What I do is cross my reins and hold between them so I can manuever them easier. But that's what works best for me. And since I don't show it really doesn't matter. And I don't have any pictures because any time I take pictures I feel kinda silly with one arm just kinda hanging there limply so I grab the crossed part with both hands when we are standing still lol

I think I found one!
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    01-25-2011, 10:19 PM
  #6
Yearling
Yeah see that is how I see everyone else doing it, but I always put a knot in my reins. Sometimes I have to direct rein him so I don't know how quickly I could twitch if I did it that way. I will try when I ride tomorrow if its not too cold, brrr!
     
    01-26-2011, 12:28 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Your supposed to hold your reins in one had with your index finger inbetween the two. Here are some photos.


And like NRHA said, palms down
     
    01-26-2011, 01:03 PM
  #8
Yearling
See those pictures make me feel better because that is exactly how I have been holding the reins. Thanks!
     
    01-26-2011, 03:19 PM
  #9
Foal
This was helpful to me too. Good pictures. I'm learning a lot by just reading through other peoples threads. Lol

I just wouldn't know what to do with my other hand. XD I'd feel funny just letting it hang there...maybe I could bring along a sandwich. Hahaha! That could be potentially dangerous for me. =P

Gizmo - love the green reins. Very cute. I love green. I would also want to tie the reins in a knot. When I ride at my friend's ranch, all of her reins are tied in knots too, so that's what I'm used to... and for some reason, I don't like the idea of them hanging loose...
     

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