blisters on hands!

Slightly Foxed

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My old dad used to say to rub in 'white spirit' was it? But try rubbing on alcohol (a waste IMO!) or witch hazel, that'll help blisters heal faster.
 

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You really need to teach yourself to wear gloves .
It's safer and it will help stop the blisters .
 

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I just wear gloves. Plenty of light weight breathable ones available for summer. The one time I forgot them my rubber reins gave me blisters in moments (my horse's mouth was fine, however) ;)
 

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Have you been riding with gloves previously? Back in the old days when we wore riding gloves to keep our hands warm rather than for safety, I used to get blisters every Spring when I stopped using them. It was just the reins rubbing on the tender skin between the ring and little fingers (not pulling on the horse's mouth because we never took a contact! :D) and after a week or two our hands toughened up and we were fine again.

I second the suggestion to get some lightweight gloves though. Safer and more comfortable than blisters.
 

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I've very light hands - but when I'm actually working a horse I get blisters. Surely by the very mechanics of allowing the reins to slip through your fingers (friction)- ergo blisters, you are categorically NOT ripping the horses mouth! (Just my 2 cents).
 

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If your getting blisters on your hands.... what is the ponies mouth getting?[/QUOTE]

Agree with Gingerwitch. A horses mouth is much more sensitive than your hands.
 

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Then it's a good job the horse's mouth is holding a bit designed for the purpose and not high-friction rubber reins ;P
 

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I would just get used to wearing gloves, you can get some very good thin ones nowadays.
I used to be able to ride without gloves, had a break and my hands softened up a bit. Got back into riding and holding reins gives me blisters (leather reins are ok but I prefer grippy ones!).

I have become so used to wearing gloves now that I feel naked not wearing them.
 

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I admit I can't get to grips with this problem. The only time I have worn gloves when riding (50 years) is when it is cold or I am competing. I don't use the rubber grip reins as they are to bulky for my small hands, I use plaited leather or similar. Perhaps you should ditch the rubber grip reins ?
 
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