Western Hand Position

I have seen some riders with their hands below the saddle horn & some with it above.

What is more appropriate for equitation? Hand above the saddle horn? Or below & to the side a bit?

4 Responses to Western Hand Position

  1. Anonymous says:

    From what I have been taught, the proper position for a western equitation rider’s hand is directly above the saddle horn. The angle of your elbow should be about 90 degrees and your wrists should be straight.
    I think that the reason why you see so many people with their hands outside of that position is either because they are trying to steer with only their hands as opposed to their legs or they may be adjusting their hand to deal with their horse’s mouth instead of to simply changing length of their reigns.

  2. anonymous says:

    i ride western eq and i’ve been taught above the saddle horse, and it’s supposed to be a 90 degree angle in your elbow, but a more closed angle is a bit “in style” right now

  3. Anonymous says:

    i do not ride western, but i watch a lot of my friend’s lessons, as she rides western eq. our trainer is constantly telling her to keep her hand over the horn, and our tranier doesn’t miss much when it comes to equitation!

  4. Em says:

    As I can imagine this is starting to get kind of confusing, I was the first anonymous post. I switched computers and forgot my name wouldn’t pop up. :-D

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