01-18-2011, 05:52 PM
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If he is very sensitive to your leg, instead of trying to take your leg off completely - which will make him even more electric - try to keep your legs on him very lightly, like a wet towel draped over a rolling pin. He HAS to accept the leg before you can make progress with him, this is very very important.
Other ways to see if they're on the forehand (the front legs is a dead giveaway though when in a working frame) are to compare where their wither is compared to their croup, if the wither is lower chances are they're on the forehand. They'll also appear heavy in their shoulders like they're leaning on one of them, sometimes they're not tracking up (but this isn't a dead set indicator of horses on the forehand, often they will 'run' through the aids and be tracking up because they're going a million miles an hour!)