Walk to trot: Double squeeze with both calves. First squeeze is to notify the horse that I'm about to ask them two trot, second, firmer squeeze is the actual aid to trot. They're done like a heartbeat, tha-thump.
Trot to canter: Outer leg slides back to notify the horse that the canter aid is coming. Inside hip initiates the first canter stride as I squeeze with both legs. The "scoop" of the inside hip is what differentiates the canter aid from say, traver.
Canter to trot: Grow taller in the saddle, exhale. (for clarification purposes, I do not hold my breath while riding, or at least I try to keep breathing, so this is a "fake" large exhale)
Trot to walk: Grow taller in the saddle, exhale.
"He doth nothing but talk of his horses."
Last edited by IslandWave; 08-04-2011 at 11:33 PM.