How to hold the reins

One of my biggest rider position pet peeves is open fingers.

Open fingersĀ are a misguided attempt to be “soft” on the horse’s mouth, but when riders open their fingers they remove responsibility of suppleness from the rest of the arm. It’s much better to keep the fingers closed in a supple fist, and get the rest of the arm (shoulder, elbow, wrist) involved in the act of communicating with the horse’s mouth.

Hilda Gurney’s discussion is as clear as you would want:


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