Originally Posted by alteredchances View Post
If you want a right turn on the forehand, you would "push" slightly ahead of the girth on the left side. For a right turn on the haunches, you would push slightly behind the girth on the left side. To side pass, you put pressure directly on the girth (please correct me if I am wrong, I have heard 10 different ways to do this, when everyone seems consistent in ideas for the other ques).
You've got this backward.
Turn on the forehand, you want the forehand to STAY in one place, and the hips to move around. Therefore put your leg to the body part you want to move.
Think of the horse being in 3 pieces. The front 1/3 of the horse is (1). The middle of the horse is (2). And the hind end is (3).
So if we want the haunches to move the front end, we want to move (3) on the horse. So move your leg back to "push" to body part away from your leg.
Granted, I don't ride dressage but I NEVER want my horse to push into my leg. Sometimes, when you are doing lots of bending, it might seem like you are having the horse do that, but its not really the case. For example: If I want the horse to bend around my inside left leg, I'm going to give them a little bit of direct left rein to bring in the nose, push my left leg in the middle of the ribcage to push it out, and use my right leg back a bit to push the hip inward. It might feel like thehorse is pushing against my inside left leg, but they are not.
Are you still taking lessons? You said you took one. I would highly suggest to continue lessons.
Yes, good riders on good horses will have invisible cues. You barely have to move a millimeter on those horses.
If a horse can feel a fly on its back, they can certainly feel you shift your leg 1 mm.