Rein Holds for All Styles of Horseback Riding

January 23, 2018

Rein Holds for All Styles of Horseback Riding

Whether you ride English or western, learn how to hold your reins correctly.
There are several different types of rein holds. They are based primarily on two things: what you’re going to be doing with the horse and the type of bridle you have in the horse’s mouth.

The Snaffle

A snaffle bit works off the corners of the mouth.

When you have reins that are set up in a western format, you can hold your split reins in what is called the bridge.
This puts the excess of either rein on the opposing side of the horse’s neck, and the two reins are held in the middle where they overlap.
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The Curb 
The curb bit works off of leverage versus direct pressure like the snaffle.
The reins are attached to the bottom of the shank. This creates leverage. Whenever there is direct contact with the bit, there is action.

For a western hold, the bight, or excess rein, is on the same side as the reining hand. If holding reins with the left hand, the bight needs to be on the left.
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With a romal, unlike split reins, are attached at the bottom either by silver, rawhide or some other decoration.

In a romal hold, the reins are held as if the rider is holding an ice cream cone. The hand should be in a fist with the thumb upward and the slack of the reins in the palm starting on the pinky side and coming up through the gap on the thumb side.
Read more about rein holds at AQHA Daily.