Originally Posted by mumiinek
I'm afraid I will fast forward a bit now but... a few things I've always heard differently and need a little clarification about - I'm in the saddle, have my horse face the wall and I want to turn him on the forehand to the left. Where do I put my weight? On the left seat bone or the right seat bone? Does he move away from the pressure or into it? I've heard horses move away from the pressure in the saddle just as they do when it's applied on their chest, side, thigh etc. but then I also heard it's a natural reflex for them to move towards the pressure in an attempt to keep balanced (kind of like when you have a kid sitting on your shoulders and it leans sideways, you automatically move to that side not to fall over). Which theory is correct? How does weight switching make (or should make) a horse react? Can't really try with my own horse as he doesn't react to pretty much anything... Also, if I got it right the horse should be very slightly bent towards the direction he's turning, that makes my right leg (if I'm turning him to the left) an outside leg, right?
First things first. You should be EVENLY balanced and not lean or have your seat bone extended in either direction. You want the horse turning from your aids. Your seat comes into the picture as part of your core and hip as one piece not separate. If you have your horse trained well enough , just the closing of your outside leg will be enough to initialize the turn.
As far as where the horse will move to ... try leaning to one side. The horse will follow and move in that direction. The tendency is to align themselves UNDER the rider not away from the rider.
As far as the bend. Again the horse is virtually straight and any bend comes from the poll, not the whole body. The horse will be have that bend in the direction it is moving to.