How do you hold the reins when riding a horse?

How do you hold reins UK?

When holding single reins, the rein should pass between the ring finger and the pinky or little finger. The rein then passes up and under the palm at the base of the fingers, and emerges between the thumb and index finger. Pinch the rein between the thumb and index finger so that the rein is held steady.

How tight should you hold reins?

In most cases, a light but steady pressure is ideal. Keep your hands in front of the saddle and shorten the reins enough so that you can feel the horse’s mouth. Maintain an even pressure regardless of what the horse does, or what your body does to balance. Avoid increasing pressure unless necessary.

What length should horse reins be?

Depending if you have a horse or pony, a full size rein should be 1.5m in length and for a pony 1.3m. For jumping or flat racing the full size rein will need to be shorter in length to 1.4m, for when a shorter hold is needed.

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