In my last blog I wrote about my Daughter Alice and how she rode her pony with a set of reins I designed and had made for her because she was born with just one functional hand. I thought that you might like to know a little more – how does Alice use her reins? As I said before Alice started to ride from about the age of 2 but because of her operations etc she didn’t really start to ride until she was 6.
At this time we had a rather cheeky 11.2hh pony called Toffee, and Alice quite simply hooked her left hand through whichever loop she needed to so that she had control of Toffee. If Alice needed to shorten her reins she would grab both reins with her right hand and slip her left hand into the next loop down. Her reins proved extremely effective and Alice beamed from ear to ear when she rode for the very first time off lead rein!
Alice’s reins enabled her to compete with able bodied children within our Pony Club (Burghley), and also at little shows we decided to enter. Alice was having a ball and fully enjoyed her new found independence with her pony!
I was so proud of Alice and to watch her competing with her friends and their ponies was a complete delight and quite emotional at times! Alice did everything with her reins, dressage, show jumping, hunter trials and more, it was fantastic!.
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