Horse Riding: How To Hold The Reins

Horse Riding: How To Hold The Reins

This video shows how to hold horses' reins properly. Jenny from Wimbledon Stables shoes you how to lengthen and shorten the reins.

It's incredibly important in your first lesson you learn how to hold the reins correctly, because it's your hands that, through the reins, are connected to the horse's mouth, and by not holding them correctly you could do the horse some damage. So first of all, you make sure that you've got a rein in either hand. And then, you're going to be asked to put your little finger on the other side, "if you could do that on both sides Jenifer".

Then make sure that there are no twists in your reins so, "just let go for me there and then rehold onto the rein". Then almost like your holding a cup of tea, turn your hand over and place your thumb on top of the reins.
Then its very importantt that you know how to shorten the reins up, so, "using this finger and thumb Jenifer you're going to hold on to the opposite rein, and then slide your hand down and then do the same on the other side", this makes sure that at no point in time have you let go of the rein. Then with the straight line down from your elbow through your hand to the horse's mouth you're ready to go! .