Photo Courtesy of Nayomee Bothwell
Essay Courtesy of Persian Equine
Horse are SENSITIVE TO TOUCH.
The reins are held with fingers and they don’t go deep down in the palm of hand ~ that is important; The lightest touch you could ever give to reins (which means the horses mouth) the horses GUM is by the tip of your fingers and also the tool in our hands (Reins) are the most important tool in the horses body.
If we train our horses properly we don’t need the reins. Everything is done by the weight of the rider as the weight shifts to sides, back and forward. A Horse could feel the touch of a mosquito on their total body.
Unfortunately some riders use reins as maintaining their own stability on the saddle, or use it as a handle. They don’t feel how much pressure they are causing into the horses mouth. If you use a hard bit then that is another story for the poor horse.
Not only for the reins but for all things ~ Grooming for example , for even our Behavior around horses our own Body Movements , Like picking up our hands or when we want to put a bridle on a horses head, saddling the horse or putting the rug on. The signals we give and we receive from the horse; and especially understanding them in time and signal back in time; or if our signals are to be with an action-the timing is so important.
I think in all of these the most important one is Handling the reins , On the other hand all of the above is important .
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