A Great Way to Hold On
Having a stable position (bad pun intended) is an important part of riding horses well. But how do you do that when the only thing you technically have to hold onto is your reins?
A neck strap is a simple piece of leather that goes around a horse’s neck. The rider can hold onto it to increase stability without pulling on the horse’s mouth. Neck straps are often seen in show jumping and eventing disciplines, but any rider can use this handy tool.
One of the common misconceptions is that only “rookies” use neck straps. That’s far from the truth!
Riders of any level can benefit from a neck strap. Use it to:
- Stabilize yourself without pulling on the horse’s mouth.
- Steady your hands at all gaits.
- Ensure your hands move with the horse’s neck while jumping.
- Keep yourself from falling behind the motion while jumping.
- Have something to hold onto in case of emergency.
In fact, professional Eventer William Fox Pitt is a huge proponent of neck straps for everyone.
See why he loves this invaluable piece of gear:
When to Use a Neck Strap
Whenever you want! Whether you’re schooling at home or competing, you can use a neck strap.
Just because you put a strap on, that doesn’t mean you have to use it.
It’s simply better to have the option instead of having regrets mid-ride.
Popular vlogger Megan Elphick also loves neck straps.
This video shows her schooling jumps with a neck strap at home:
Buy vs. Make
You can purchase a neck strap at most equestrian retailers, but you can also make your own using an old stirrup leather.
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