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Arm Position for Riders – Hands at the Withers?

A lot of riding advice is given as though every rider has the same type of body.

Of course, we don’t – some of us have long arms, short arms, high waisted, petite, lanky, etc.

For this reason, riding advice needs to be individual and alignment based. One piece of advice that is given to the benefit of some and the detriment of others is “hands at the withers”.

Simply put, this position doesn’t always work – it depends on you and your horse.

What we do want to find is how to soften your arms so you can feel stable, comfortable, and have effective rein contact.

Hit play to watch the video below and I will demonstrate the dos and don’t of effective arm position for riding.

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