Originally Posted by kitten_Val
Kayty, my understanding is you can only influence the leg (or at least the most) while it's off the ground, not on ground..?
BTW, I did search on WHEN to do it (out of curiosity) and the responses split 50% : 50%. Personally I tried both and got better response (more impulsion) when asking while getting up.
I do not know the first thing about the influence on/off ground, but I do know that what Kitten Val described is the ONLY way I can get a response to the horse I ride. I squeeze at any other time than on the way back up, and he completely ignores it. He is not a "real" lesson horse - he only has, I think, 3 people that ride him - but once I've got him trotting, the moment to issue Delicate Requests with my legs is OVER. Also, if I try to squeeze at any other time, it does funky things to my posture and my timing on the rise/fall of the post.