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        09-05-2012, 09:22 PM
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    Trained
    But your weight is on the outside hip, Katy?
         
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        09-05-2012, 09:32 PM
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    Very briefly, the primary aid is a lift if the inside hip, backed up by the inside leg.
    Either method works, and some horses will stay straight when cued with the outside leg. But cuing with the inside leg allows you to sit much quieter in your aids - watch a series of tempis, the horses that change off the inside leg tend to be much straighter, and the rider is not wildly swinging their legs and weight around.
         
        09-05-2012, 09:42 PM
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        09-06-2012, 11:39 PM
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    I think as equally if not more important, is that you cue him at the correct time. If you are not cueing when his outside hind is in the engagement phase, you can ask with correct body position all you want, and he won't be able to respond correctly even if he wants to please you.
         
        09-10-2012, 09:17 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    I have been working on walk-canter transitions alot lately because my horse would just keep trotting faster when cued to canter. So what I have been doing is to make him walk and cue him to canter(outside leg back for me). If he takes a trot step I bring him back to walk and collect him before asking again. It didn't take long before he caught on and his transitions are almost always good. However, the problems I have after that are leads and collection and balance once cantering.
         
        09-10-2012, 09:33 PM
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    Yes, if I don't get a good transition I make him try it again.
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