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Re: [RC] Riding with/without Contact - Nancy Sturm

I keep wanting to hold on with one hand on the pommel for that unexpected spook or whatever he throws my

Unless your arms are a whole lot stronger than mine are, you're not likely to be able to hold onto the pommel tightly enough to keep you from coming off if everything truly starts going south.

You'd probably be safer learning to ride in a nicely balanced fashion and sometimes that can be helped along with some lessons.

As a former dressage rider, I think every truly trained horse will accept contact and go forward nicely with contact.

That said, I usually let my LD horse have lots freedom of his head and neck on out mountain trails. He's an experienced horse and usually knows how to keep us both safe using his head, neck and back.

I usually do ride with a rein in each hand and he did spin out from under me last week but I don't think grabbing leather would have changed the outcome.



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[RC] Riding with/without Contact, Val Nicoson