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In my opinion, steering isn't actually rooted in hands or legs, it's in your seat. It sounds like you have concentrated on legs and hands and haven't really built up your seat so that you use that as well. But a horse also has to have a fair amount of saddle time as well, and with someone who uses their seat for them to work well as a team.
Yes, you want to use your inside leg slightly, but your reins should be minimal. When you want to turn, first look in the direction you want to go. Find a spot on the wall, letter if you are in a dressage arena, knothole, whatever and physically look that way with your head. Next you want slowly bring your belly button to be aimed at that knothole while maintaining correct posture and keeping your hips as aligned as possible, (however they will come a little out of alignment if you are riding with your horse's motion)...pretend you have a laser pointer stuck in your belly button and you want that laser to point at that knothole. By now you should feel a slight pressure on your inside seat bone. If you can imagine that you are trying to use your seat bone to push your horse's hip bone around...It takes practice. Remember you still need to sit up tall and not let your inside shoulder fall in. If you get the chance to work with the same horse for a while, eventually they will get to where you barely have to use seat and leg and they will just know you want to turn. It takes a LOT of practice and a LOT of core.
Last edited by Cinnys Whinny; 09-20-2012 at 04:59 PM.