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Reins Slipping Through Fingers
« on: December 10, 2004, 03:47:22 PM »
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  • I have real problems stopping the reins from slipping through my fingers while schooling which means I'm for ever adjusting them and losing the contact. Do you have any suggestions how I can get into the habbit of keeping my hands closed? Does anyone have experience of using nubuck reins, would they help?
    "A straight horse isn't a horse without bending, but a horse that uses his four legs to step forward in the direction of movement.''
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    « Reply #1 on: December 10, 2004, 04:01:59 PM »
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  • hi, I had this prob also on smooth leather reains, try using those woven reins with the little leather stops every 2 or so inches...have found these much better, as find can settle fingers over a stop and have a point of reference instead of contstantly giving taking reins as they slip through fingers!!!

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    « Reply #2 on: December 10, 2004, 04:56:38 PM »
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  • Also try think about having a constant feel between thumb and forefinger to maintain a constant rein length - and then use the remainder of your fingers to give the rein aid.  

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    « Reply #3 on: December 10, 2004, 05:04:37 PM »
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  • I cured this problem with children I used to teach. I asked the parent to give the child a coin and then if the child kept their fingers closed they could keep it.
    Fantastic never a dropped coin!!!!.
    Is your horse pulling? hence slipping reins.
    I have a problem my self with a neck injury and I have to hold the reins under my little finger instead of between little finger and the next, otherwise it slips through.
    Jenny

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    Reins Slipping Through Fingers
    « Reply #4 on: December 10, 2004, 05:30:30 PM »
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  • I used to have a problem with this in leather reins.....I always wear gloves (winter and summer) now and I use rubber reins,.....now they no longer slip through my fingers
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    Reins Slipping Through Fingers
    « Reply #5 on: December 11, 2004, 01:13:43 PM »
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  • I like the idea of holding a coin - I'll give it a go.  I have the problem with both rubber and continental reins and with both horses I ride regularly. I'm getting some knotted ones so maybe that will help.

    Thanks for your suggestions.
    "A straight horse isn't a horse without bending, but a horse that uses his four legs to step forward in the direction of movement.''
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    Reins Slipping Through Fingers
    « Reply #6 on: December 12, 2004, 05:56:28 PM »
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  • I know exactly how you feel.  When you're not sure what you should be doing with your reins, the temptation to fiddle is just too much, and I was the world's worst, and the world's worst worrier as well!

    The Libby's synthetic reins with rubber undersides pretty much cured me - at least, of worrying.  They're lovely and light to hold - not a great fistful like ordinary rubber reins; also, I found the ones with stops made me fiddle even more because I was always counting to see if I had the same number of stops in one hand as the other!

    The Libby's don't slip even if the horse/reins are wet through.  That illiminates any *unnecessary* fiddling, which means that you can afford to allow your hands to be purposely a bit "mobile" as I think Reiner Klimke would have put it.

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    « Reply #7 on: December 13, 2004, 07:54:26 AM »
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  • I find the secret is the grip between first finger and thumb. if that is tight then the fingers can relax, and the reins don't slip.
    Mossy

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