Lesson Plan – Holding the Reins

Simple instructions to follow for teaching riding lesson students the basics of holding the reins. This lesson plan is part of Rider Medals Level 2: Beginner I. Accompanying worksheets are also available, as is a quiz to re-test the rider’s knowledge. This lesson also pairs well with our Beginner I – Journal.

This lesson plan covers:

  • holding the reins properly
  • understanding the concept of keeping their wrist straight
  • hand turned up so their thumb is on top
  • finger placement on the reins
  • finding the correct rein length
  • bridging the reins
  • adjusting the rein length
  • pressure of the fingers on the reins
  • how much pressure the horse feels
  • holding the reins in relation to the horse
  • steering
  • halting

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