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post #11 of 17 Old 05-18-2017, 10:01 AM
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Well, obviously, if you recreationally ride, does not matter how you use your hands, but when you take lessons, they conform to what is accepted, when being judged
Thus,just trail riding, no one's going to mark me down if I switch reins to open agate, and then don't switch back , or if on that day, i ride with my left hand,so I can lead a pack horse with my right hand,nor even if I chose to ride with two hands on a curb
Also does not matter if I have more than one finger between the reins.
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Never heard of that, even though I'm an English rider. I've ridden Western before, was never taught that...your trainer may need to re-think herself. LOL

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I kind of thought about it, maybe the instructor mistakenly wants the arc to the inside with the outside rein on the neck, which is fine, however, you need to learn to get the inside arc with the inside rein as well. Hopefully, your instructor will have you riding with reins in just one hand and no switching when they feel you are ready for it? Only explanation I can think of.

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I have never heard of this or seen it done in the show pen (Reining, Cutting, Ranch/Cow Horse).

Can you ask your instructor for clarification and post back?

The entire reason we ride one handed in "Western" is that it is presumed you need a hand free to rope, even if you don't rope that is the real reason. It would be bizarre and difficult to switch hands for both the rope and reins for each direction.
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I will definitely ask for clarification from my instructor when I see him again. I'm kind of recovering still from the soreness stemming from doing the posting trot for the first time in 3 years, haha!

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post #16 of 17 Old 05-22-2017, 10:06 AM
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I agree with the others and would ask the instructor to clarify as this is not normal.

In many competitions you would get DQ'd or docked points for switching hands, typically in western riding you ride with your left if you want to stay traditional, but either way switching hands during a ride is a bad habit to start if your going to be competing.
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post #17 of 17 Old 05-22-2017, 10:41 AM
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Originally Posted by earthinherbones View Post

Right now I'm still in Western and my instructor informed me to always keep my reins in the hand that's on the inside. So if my left hand is toward the center of the arena, then my reins go in that hand and vice versa.

Is this a normal rule of one-handed riding?
Your trainer may be having you do this because it is easier to neck-rein the horse one-handed if you are using your inside hand.

Ask for clarification.

But typically, no, you would NOT switch hands as you are riding. In some showing events, switching hands would disqualify you.

When I am out on the trail, I am constantly adjusting my hands for the task at hand. But that's a little different!

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