Originally Posted by rednecklove
She is pretty good at responding to leg pressure I just have to do a little tap to get her going it doesnt take much
Ideally, you wouldn't have to use anything but a cluck and a little squeeze to go forward. I'm talking about putting your left leg on and having her bend around it, or putting your left leg forward and having her move her shoulders, or back and having her move her hind quarters. That is teaching your horse to move each part of her body independently from the rest.
By flexing I mean that you can get her to bend her head/neck around to your boot softly, without resistance. In a perfect world, the horse will also do this with leg pressure. Our horses will collect from leg pressure, bend right or left, move the hind quarters, forehand, side pass, leg yield, spin, and back from different leg cues. These tools have been instrumental in all disciplines. My daughter's horse is used for reining and barrels, and she sees the barrels 1 time before a race. The rest of the rides (4-5) a week are spent on body control. Of course she's fully patterned, but even when she was in training, she didn't see the barrels until she could lope a perfect circle in a nice bend both directions, knew her flying lead changes, and was in general a good citizen who responded to light aids and had a good stop. Then she was introduced to the pattern...slowly at first. You want her to take each barrel correctly at a walk, then a jog, then a sweet lope before you get her to race speed. SLOW and correct at each step before you add speed.
Best advice, find yourself a trainer or some really good resources, boods, dvds, and someone who knows what to look for as far as correct goes.