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post #1 of 4 Old 07-15-2012, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
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How to make a horse turn? And how to make a horse do a full circle?

What's the best way to turn your horse in walk or trott? Say on left rein and you want to turn left into centre of arena? Am i right in saying the best way to do this is to pull a liitle with the left rein and apply pressure or a little kick with the right foot?

How to make a horse do a full circle on right rein?
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To turn, the correct way is to weight the seatbone on the side you wish to turn to, close your outside rein to block his outside shoulder from bulging, and apply outside leg. You do not kick, you squeeze.

To maintain a full circle, the same concept applies. Bend the horse slightly to the inside, hold him on your outside rein to prevent him overbending, sink your weight down your inside leg and apply slight pressure with that leg to encourage the horse to bend around it while riding the circle.

Never pull on a rein to turn; the majority of the work has to be done with your seat and legs. My horses will turn on a dime and give me haunches/shoulders in and sidepasses on a loose rein with just seat and leg aids. Pulling or kicking would only frustrate them.
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To turn, the correct way is to weight the seatbone on the side you wish to turn to, close your outside rein to block his outside shoulder from bulging, and apply outside leg. You do not kick, you squeeze.

To maintain a full circle, the same concept applies. Bend the horse slightly to the inside, hold him on your outside rein to prevent him overbending, sink your weight down your inside leg and apply slight pressure with that leg to encourage the horse to bend around it while riding the circle.

Never pull on a rein to turn; the majority of the work has to be done with your seat and legs. My horses will turn on a dime and give me haunches/shoulders in and sidepasses on a loose rein with just seat and leg aids. Pulling or kicking would only frustrate them.
Agree with that!
Also, you can move your inside hand outwards ever so slightly... and don't forget to look where you're going, as this will help you to get the correct seat for the turns and circles without even knowing it!
Good luck!
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To turn, the correct way is to weight the seatbone on the side you wish to turn to, close your outside rein to block his outside shoulder from bulging, and apply outside leg. You do not kick, you squeeze.

To maintain a full circle, the same concept applies. Bend the horse slightly to the inside, hold him on your outside rein to prevent him overbending, sink your weight down your inside leg and apply slight pressure with that leg to encourage the horse to bend around it while riding the circle.

Never pull on a rein to turn; the majority of the work has to be done with your seat and legs. My horses will turn on a dime and give me haunches/shoulders in and sidepasses on a loose rein with just seat and leg aids. Pulling or kicking would only frustrate them.
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