Well, for what it's worth, I take my husband's word over that guy's any day, because my husband starts all of the horses Dirk Blakesley trains and shows, and Dirk has won well over a million dollars in the industry. I'm sure there's more than one way, that's just what works best for us. But you said it yourself, when the weight is on the inside, the horse has to shift it to the outside before she can turn. The object of my statement was to be ahead of that shift in weight. If you wait for the calf to move, THEN shift weight, you're already 4 steps behind, atleast. You're behind by the shift, the lift of the inside foot, the move to catch up, and the move to hook back onto the cow, hoping by then you don't get farther behind if there's another error. And you want your cutter to pivot on the outside rear, the opposite side of the direction the calf is going, because that outside leg then becomes the first step of the inside leg, and lets your horse have a half-step to open up in the correct lead.
Think of it like you would shuffling side to side. Say you're playing tag around a tree. If your playmate is poking around on the left side of the tree, and you're trying to reach her from where you're standing to block her from coming around that direction, which foot will your weight be on when you're looking at her and blocking her from the left?
Correct, the left foot... Your outside foot. Your weight is distributed to the outside foot to give you the advantage when you lift your right side to move to the right of the tree. Same concept. Posted via Mobile Device