Keeping hands upright, hold a horse’s reins in between the ring and pinkie fingers. Learn more about holding a horse’s reins with tips from an equestrian team coach in this free video on horseback riding.

Expert: Mara Keith-Hunter
Bio: Mara Keith-Hunter is a lifelong equestrian and head coach for the Hampshire College equestrian team.
Filmmaker: David Pakman


25 Responses to Horse Care & Riding : How to Hold a Horse’s Reins

  1. Anonymous says:

    we don’t get hot weather , its mild , cold and rainy.. most of the year round.. its alot more expensive over here and its a competitive market.. most that have horses hear compete and want to get to the top fast.. as most of the world champs are held here. Horses don’t really work, they are used for competition or leisure.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I just put my thumb on top

  3. Anonymous says:

    I completely agree.
    People only say ride western or ride English because that’s the way that they do it.

  4. Anonymous says:

    g rien comprit a ce quel dit !!

  5. Anonymous says:

    That IS what I do, lol :P

  6. Anonymous says:

    I originally learned english so i hold my reins like this but now I do natural horsemanship/western

  7. Anonymous says:

    Thanks it was very usefull! I’ve been riding waestern all my life and I want to learn how to ride English!

  8. Anonymous says:

    i was answering her (i’m assuming pnkrockerchik762 is a girl, at least) question. i don’t really know what you’re referring to when you ask why does it matter.

  9. Anonymous says:

    why does it matter?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Im starting horse riding lessons on saturday (in 3 days) and i just wanted to get an idea and this was perfect!!

  11. Anonymous says:

    The difference is mostly in the saddle, in my opinion. A Western saddle has a horn, whereas the English one does not. Also, western saddles are typically harder to fall out of, just because you have the horn to hold on to if the horse shies, or catches you by surprise. English riders are forced to rely more on their own balance to stay in the saddle, and it’s a slighter built saddle. IMO western is good for building basic balance, but english is good to build your balance on.

  12. Anonymous says:

    your an ass hole

  13. Anonymous says:

    whats the difference between english and western?? and yes im a beginner in riding

  14. Anonymous says:

    I think many people will disagree on “Western horses look happier than English”. If you haven’t noticed, most horses are trained English. I love both styles, I prefer western when on trails but English when training and competing. They’re meant to do different things, so why do people love to fight so much about them?

  15. Anonymous says:

    I’m confused, what are you saying? O_O Isn’t it colder here? Or are you talking about southern people? I personally think the best competitive riding is in the North East, or the East coast in general for the U.S. Western/southern people use them more for labor, they need them to survive. I must admit, the U.S. has some of the best horse breeds.
    I was wondering this: Is it cheaper to maintain a horse in England than it is in the U.S.? It seems so common over there.

  16. Anonymous says:

    wat a pretty horse! I love riding horses and patting them!! they r such lovely things! i just wish i had a horse of my own..

  17. Anonymous says:

    Don’t laugh at me. I do not cheer. Im simply stating a fact. It doesn’t matter what kind of people they are, the fact is that their sport lands alot of them into hospitals because they are performing extremely difficult gymnastic stunts with no protective gear on.

    And let me guess, you aren’t exactly the “cheerleader type”. They stereotype you, and you stereotype THEM back,

    This is a horseback riding video. Not a dissing cheerleaders one.

  18. Anonymous says:

    BAHAhAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA now thats funny. All Cheerleading is is a bunch of high chicks wanting to look like little whores, come on.

  19. Anonymous says:

    The horses colour is so beautiful! :)

  20. Anonymous says:

    Noo, I think it’s Sky Diving.

  21. Anonymous says:

    ”some people in england whip horses if they are lazy and dont do wht there told bt im sure some people in america do to” …wtf?! xD I’m sure that applies to people all over the world, not just England… LOL!

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  23. Anonymous says:


    im pretty postive the most dangeros sport in the world is cheerleading.

    google it.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Maybe b/c you do western i do english riding you?

  25. Anonymous says:

    what’s the MOST dangerous sport in the world?