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post #21 of 33 Old 08-25-2015, 11:14 AM
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^Slightly off topic, but can I ask how that would be prep for a double bridle? I was taught to have one rein under my ring finger, and the other under my middle finger.
Because in the drawing the one (only) rein is under the ring finger. Double bridle you add one more position but you already have the first one.
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post #22 of 33 Old 08-25-2015, 12:25 PM
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I grew up riding western with one hand unless the horse was green and being trained, then I used two hands. Two of my horses go in a hackamore and I STILL ride straight, shoulder, elbow, hip and heel lined up and I ride correct, no matter how I feel and make no excuses for sloppy riding.
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post #23 of 33 Old 08-25-2015, 12:59 PM
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I rarely ride with my heels under my hip. In a forward seat, that would be bad riding. And if the horse is inclined to sometimes slam on the brakes without asking permission, then that is an unstable position. Sliding the feet out front a little gives the rider a better base of support for sudden stops. It also seems to comfort my horses, who act like I'm reassuring them.

A horse's center of gravity changes with speed, turns, hills, etc. The rider should seek to be in fluid balance with their horse, adjusting his balance to match his horse's balance - or to influence his horse's balance.

If you turn around a pylon at modest speeds, you can feel the horse shifting his weight to the rear. You help him if you match it. As the horse speeds up, his balance goes forward - and so should the rider. I don't believe in sloppy riding, but I do believe in DYNAMIC riding - in constantly adjusting my position based on what my horse is doing and what I want my horse to do next.

If anyone wants a good read, I suggest VS Littauer's "Common Sense Horsemanship". Although it is written from a jumping perspective, it is primarily a book about riding.

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post #24 of 33 Old 08-25-2015, 01:57 PM
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Avna--Is there more than one way to teach this? When I google "double bridle" I see about two thirds of the riders with a hand position as I described, and about one third the way you described. Just curious! <3

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post #25 of 33 Old 08-25-2015, 06:59 PM
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riding 2 handed in western it is common practice to bridge your reins over horses neck. Reins - Basics - Positively Perfect Performance&*OhJoy Farms

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post #26 of 33 Old 08-25-2015, 08:56 PM
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^This was one thing that, for whatever reason, always alluded me xD I've only encountered it once in English riding, though.

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post #27 of 33 Old 08-25-2015, 11:40 PM
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If you aren't showing, then the best grip will be the one that is most secure but still allows for softness and fluidity in your hands and arms.

Personally, I cannot fathom how people can hold their reins like this, even though I know a lot of people do.


When I'm riding 2 handed, I always have my reins crossed over the neck and have both reins bridged and held in my hands like this. Also, you'll notice in this picture that I have one pinkie below my reins and one splitting my reins. It may not be "proper", but that's how I have the best feel for the horse's mouth.

And please forgive the puppy paws, it was a picture taken at a wonky moment LOL.



As for the straight line thing, it's generally considered good horsemanship in my area to keep your forearms pointed directly at the horse's mouth even if you don't have contact on the reins. *looking down is one of my many bad riding habits, especially on greenies *


Now, because I start training neck reining within just a few rides of them being backed, I usually start riding in only one hand and use the other for corrections only. When I start this, I keep the reins bridged across their neck and I hold them like this because I can angle my hand to give direction with the leading (direct) rein. I can pull with the pinky side of my hand to go left or I can pull with the thumb side to go right)




Then, when they are neck reining well and I no longer feel the need to bridge my reins, I hold them like this with both tails on the left side of my horse


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^Good, solid post! I do hold my reins like in the top photo, but I also show so that's probably why xD
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post #29 of 33 Old 08-26-2015, 12:35 AM
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I think that's the thing . Since I'm always riding on the trail or working cattle, I need to be ready to have one hand free in the blink of an eye. I guess it's easier to manage that when you already have both reins in both hands.
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post #30 of 33 Old 08-26-2015, 12:37 AM
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Absolutely makes sense!
I really enjoy the different ways that people effectively ride their horses. I am of the opinion that there is more than one way to skin a cat, and we can only benefit from learning them all! <3
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