I event so perhaps my perception of danger is skewed... ;)
I don't see how having my thumbs in the loop could be dangerous?? To clarify, its one big loop (D ring to D ring and then up over thumbs) not two little loops for my thumbs to get stuck into. If I come off, I see the chances of my thumb being caught in the loop at about the same level of risk as my chances that I get tangled up in the reins... or getting caught up on the neck strap which I use when jumping. Though I now really feel that I'm jinxing myself... :cool:
This is EXACTLY IT!
(The reason why she does it). I think I will try to do some video so she can see what the busy hands bring about (horse curled behind), and find comparison video for her. It is hard to change a mindset though, when it is someone who is experienced/able. May also do the "pretend you are the horse and hold the bit, and I will be YOU and hold the reins" exercise.
I agree I can't just take away the busy hands without replacing it with a new skill set that will make her feel able to achieve results with the more sympathetic hand. I think she is used to having to try to show big results in short times, so now she has two horses to ride that can be thought of as a more long term projects, she may be more willing/able to experiment.
Originally Posted by EqTrainer