Steady has been programmed to make you understand the neutral riding position of your hands so that you can follow the horse’s movement in the best possible way and support you in finding an independent seat.
The position of your hands influences the whole of your body and vice versa.
What is a neutral hand position?
Your hands should be an extension from the lower arms, which should be relaxed but steadily carried, enabling you to feel the horse’s mouth and communicate through the rein aids. This is only possible when your fingers are closed. Your thumbs should be slightly bent and lightly pressed down on top of the reins, where they pass over the index fingers, to prevent slipping. It would be best if you held your hands with the knuckles vertical and at such a height that your forearm, hand and the horse’s mouth are approximately in a straight line when viewed from the side.