Originally Posted by Lonannuniel
I've been doing more "advanced" movements recently, shoulder in, shoulder out, leg yields, etc. in the trot. I've found that when I put my leg behind the girth to control ( for lack of a better word ) the hind end, my horse thinks I am giving him the canter aid & speeds up or attempts to canter.
Probably the reason why I NEVER teach the canter aid by putting the outside leg back.
I have corrected many students that get frustrated when they want to do a simple half pass and end up with the canter.
Re teach the canter aid by the use of the inside leg/hip closing on him. Outside leg is there to PREVENT the haunches from swinging out. If they don't swing out then the outside leg becomes passive.