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  • How to get a horse to bend off your inside leg
  • Bending horse inside while keeping outside shoulder

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    04-25-2012, 04:55 PM
Essentially to get the inside leg to outside rein you "bend" the horse around your inside leg - using the inside hip pushed forward, toe pointing straight ahead and the outside rein prevents them from popping the shoulder. Don't forget that the horse follows your weight - so to circle left - left hip is forward, left rein slightly shorter than right (left elbow back further than right elbow and to inside of withers about and inche or so), right rein VERY slightly forward (unless it is a very small circle).

Then adjust your weight for horse falling inside or outside of circle and use legs (inside leg at girth, outside leg MAY need to be very slightly behind girth). Mostly the outside leg "block" or prevent the horse from throwing their butt to the outside of the cirlce, rather than applying pressure. (Think of applying pressure behind girth as asking for canter versus keeping outside leg slugfhtly behind girth with light contact on horses side but NO pressure unless they move their butt into your leg - then they should stop moving their butt when they feel more pressure against your leg.)

Hard to explain without being there. Hope this helps.
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    04-25-2012, 06:46 PM
Thanks for your posts guys. I am still not quite getting it yet, im a little slow at having things click ha! So I guess whats confusing me is do you use your inside rein to bend, or is it just inside leg? I have been using both and I didnt get how to keep more contact on the outside rein when you are using inside rein to bend at the same time???
    04-25-2012, 06:51 PM
Contact is not fixed. Contact is variable. It is alive.

Think about that for a while.

BTW, every thing asks for the bend. The inside rein asks for a bend at the poll. The inside leg asks for bend at the ribs. The outside leg and outside rein prevent the horse from moving his outside quarter and outside shoulder off the line of the track.

It all works together.
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