Colored Wristband for Right & Left

This is a simple idea that helped some riders at our barn. For riders who have problems with right and left, use colored wrist bands to designate which direction to turn.

When you tell them which way to steer, you can use the colors in conjunction with or instead of the words right and left. You could say, “Turn right – use your red hand!” or “Turn with red!”

All it takes are two strips of different colored construction paper (or anything else you heart desires, or what the texture-sensitive rider prefers).


Tape the band around the wrists and ride on! Or be a superhero. Or both!


I like using the color red with the right hand because they both start with R. As for the left hand L, I didn’t think the colors Lapis lazuli, Lavendar, Light blue, Lime green or Lemon rolled off the tongue very well.

Hope this helps!


Note: This is not professional advice, this is a blog. I am not liable for what you do with or how you use this information. The activities explained in this blog may not be fit for every rider, riding instructor, or riding center depending on their current condition and resources. Use your best personal judgment!

4 thoughts on “Colored Wristband for Right & Left

  1. I also have cut out and laminated “hands” at each end of the arena with Left and right on it, as well as an arrow … seems to help the riders….. & me! 🙂 Great idea with colours…. thank you 🙂

  2. Hi,
    We use web black and white reins and put the white side in the right hand and the black side in the left hand. We say” White for right, or white is right” Sometimes we use a white ribbon, too. Hope that helps.

    Joan Blank
    Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH, Intl)
    Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning
    M.A., EAGALA Certified
    Founder, Executive Director
    Dream Catcher of L.A. Therapeutic Riding Centers
    (a 501(c)(3) charitable organization)
    310 350-1311

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