Did you know that how you hold the reins affects how balanced and stable you will be when your horse spooks or trips?
Or that it also affects not just your rein contact but how fluidly your whole body is able to move in sync with your horse?
Gripping the reins too tight or holding them too loosely can be equally as negative for your riding. This has to do with stabilizing versus mobilizing muscles as well as the difference between mobile or too-tensed joints.
In this video, I will show you how to hold the reins, so they don't slide out of your hands, you can maintain good contact, and be soft on your horse's mouth.
Hit play below and I'll see you in the comments!
p.s. There's a test you can to feel this from the ground – I bring our cameraman out from behind the camera to demonstrate this one… don't miss it!