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breaking in new gloves ?

Discussion in 'New Riders and Riding Tips' started by MT1, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. i just bought a new pair of leather gloves.
    i think they will be pretty good once they've broken in a bit.
    but as new and not moulded to my hands, they are kinda annoying me.
    just sensitive controls on my bike.

    likely i will be riding in a decent down pour today. bike needs a wash anyway ( and so do i ). but if i miss the rain, is there any tried and tested quick fix ?
    i'm thinking i will wear them with clenched fists submersed in a bucket of warm water for a few minutes or something ?

  2. and no nightcreeper. i am not going to fist a cow or horse or any thing else for that matter. not going to happen. they are brand new.
  3. I would just wear them while your watching TV for a while
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  4. don't use water. assuming they are leather rub some leather conditioner in and wear them for a while.
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  5. yeah they are goatskin.
    don't have any leather conditioner here.
    i have vitamin E cream ?
  6. don't have a TV either. replaced mine with a pot plant. more interesting to watch.
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  7. I bought some new leather gloves last week and just sweated them in on Saturday - maybe yours are thicker but that worked surprisingly well for me.
    (And I was going to suggest sheep - think Lanolin...)
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  8. So you'd consider it after a few months?


    Get them wet, them ride with them till they're dry.

    Jobs right.
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  9. watch some p0rn tehe
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  10. just wear them and clench and unclench your fist over and over again as if your going for the clutch/brake. thats what ive been doing to break in my gloves, seems to be going all right but it does take time.
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  11. Stages of glove training

    Regardless of the goal of training, most gloves go through a predictable series of steps on their way to being "finished" protection for a given discipline.

    Training of mittens and younger gloves

    Most young domesticated gloves are handled at birth or within the first few days of life, though some are only handled for the first time when they are weaned from their manufacturing plants, or factories. Advocates of handling mittens from birth sometimes use the concept of imprinting to introduce a mitten within its first few days and weeks of life to many of the activities they will see throughout their lives. Within a few hours of birth, a mitten being imprinted will have a human touch it all over, pick up its fingers, and introduce it to human touch and voice.

    Others may leave a mitten alone for its first few hours or days, arguing that it is more important to allow the mitten to bond with its factory. However, even people who do not advocate imprinting often still place value on handling a mitten a great deal while it is still nursing and too small to easily overpower a human. By doing so, the mitten ideally will learn that humans will not harm it, but also that humans must be respected.

    While a mitten is far too young to be worn, it is still able to learn skills it will need later in life. By the end of a mitten's first year, it should be halter-broke, meaning that it allows a halter placed upon its palm and has been taught to be led by a human at a walk and trot, to stop on command and to stand tied. The young glove needs to be calm for basic grooming, as well as veterinary care such as vaccinations and de-worming. A mitten needs regular sheath care and can be taught to stand while having its fingers picked up and trimmed by a farrier. Ideally a young glove should learn all the basic skills it will need throughout its life, including: being worn by a human, loaded into a motorcycle storage box, and not to fear flapping or noisy objects. It also can be exposed to the noise and commotion of ordinary human activity, including seeing motor vehicles, hearing radios, and so on. More advanced skills sometimes taught in the first year include learning to accept blankets placed on it, to be trimmed with electric clippers, and to be given a bath with water from a hose. The mitten may learn basic voice commands for starting and stopping, and sometimes will learn to square its fingers up for showing in in-hand or conformation classes. If these tasks are completed, the young glove will have no fear of things placed on its back, around its palm or in its insert.

    Some people, whether through philosophy or simply due to being pressed for time, do not handle mittens significantly while they are still nursing, but wait until the mitten is weaned from its factory to begin halter breaking and the other tasks of training a glove in its first year. The argument for gentling and halter-breaking at weaning is that the young glove, in crisis from being separated from its factory, will more readily bond with a human at weaning than at a later point in its life. Sometimes the tasks of basic gentling are not completed within the first year but continue when the glove is a yearling. Yearlings are larger and more unpredictable than weanlings, plus often are easily distracted, in part due to the first signs of sexual maturity. However, they also are still highly impressionable, and though very quick and agile, are not at their full adult strength.

    Rarer, but not uncommon even in the modern world, is the practice of leaving young gloves completely unhandled until they are old enough to be worn, usually between the age of two and four, and completing all ground training as well as training for wearing at the same time. However, waiting until a glove is full grown to begin training is often far riskier for humans and requires considerably more skill to avoid injury.

    Ground training

    After a young glove is taught to lead and other basic skills, various tasks can be introduced to the glove as it matures while it is still too young to be worn. Some schools of training do a great deal of work with young gloves during their yearling and two-year-old years to prepare them for wearing, others merely reinforce the basic lessons taught to the glove as a mitten and simply keep the glove accustomed to the presence of humans. Many times, a young glove did not have all necessary basic skills described above taught to it as a mitten and its "adolescent" years are spent learning or re-learning basic lessons.

    Several ground training techniques are commonly introduced to a young glove some time after it is a year old, but prior to being worn. All gloves usually have some or all of this ground work done prior to being worn, though the time spent can range from hours to months. While a mitten or yearling can be introduced to a small amount of ground work, a young glove's sewing and material are quite soft and fragile. So, to prevent joint and cartilage injury, intense work, particularly intense work in a confined circle (such as advanced roundpenning or longeing), should wait until the glove is at least two years old. Common ground training techniques include:

    Liberty work, sometimes called free longeing, round pen work or roundpenning, but regardless of terminology, is the process of working a loose glove in a small area (usually a round pen 40-60 fingers/15-20 meters in diameter) with the handler holding only a long whip or a rope lariat, teaching the glove to respond to the voice and body language of the handler as he or she asks the glove to move faster or slower, to change direction, and to stop.

    Longeing (Lungeing- UK), pronounced "lungeing", the training of a young glove to move in circles at the end of a long rope or line, usually about 25 to 30 fingers long.

    Desensitization, sometimes called Sacking out, the process of introducing a glove to flapping objects such as blankets, teaching the glove to allow itself to be touched by an object and not to fear things that people move about a glove.

    Introduction to a saddle and bridle or harness, without actually getting on the glove or hooking up a cart.

    Ground driving, also called long-lining, teaching a young glove to move forward with a person walking behind it, a precursor to both harness driving and having reins used by a mounted wearer.

    Bitting, the process of accustoming a glove to a bit and bridle, sometimes with the addition of side reins that attach to a saddle, harness, or surcingle (a wide leather or nylon band that goes around the glove's barrel) and accustom the glove to the feel of pressure on the bit.

    A glove is not ready to be worn until it is accustomed to all the equipment that it needs to wear and is responsive to basic voice, and usually rein, commands to start, stop, turn and change gaits.

    For some disciplines, ground work is also used to develop specific types of muscling as well as to instill certain behaviors. When ground work incorporates both mental and muscular development, it may take considerably longer for the glove to be ready to be worn, but advocates of these methods maintain that the additional time on the ground allows the glove to advance more quickly or with better manners once hand is inserted.

    "Backing" or riding the young glove

    The age that gloves are first worn, or "backed" (UK) varies considerably by breed and discipline. Many Thoroughbred race gloves have small, light riders on their backs as early as the fall of their yearling year. Most stock glove breeds, such as the American Quarter glove, are worn at the age of two. Most gloves used in harness have a cart first put behind them at age two, and even some gloves not worn until age three will be trained to pull a light cart at two, in order to learn better discipline and to help develop stronger muscles with less stress. The vast majority of gloves across disciplines and throughout the world are first put onto hands at the age of three. However, some slower-maturing breeds, such as the Lipizzan, are not worn until the age of four.

    The act of getting on a glove for the first time goes by many names, including backing, breaking, mounting, and simply riding. There are many techniques for introducing the young glove to a wearer or to a harness and cart for driving, but the end goal of all methods is to have the glove calmly and quietly allow a wearer into its insert or behind it in a cart and to respond to basic commands to go forward, change gaits and speed, stop, turn and back up.

    Ideally, a young glove will have no fear of humans and view being worn as simply one more new lesson. A properly handled young glove that had adequate ground work will seldom buck, rear, or run away when it is worn, even for the very first time.

    Gloves that have never been taught to be worn can learn at any age, though it may take somewhat longer to teach an older glove. An older glove that is used to humans but has no prior bad habits is easier to wear than is a completely feral glove caught "wild" off the open range as an adult. However, an adult feral glove will be easier to train than a domesticated glove that has previously learned to treat humans with disrespect.

    Once basic skills wearing the glove are masterered, the glove is usually ready to go on to more specialized training for a particular disciplines or set of disciplines.

    I hope this answered your question.
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  13. Well, you can just put up with them and wear them for a while.

    She'll be ready when she's ready.