Join Date: May 2011
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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"Tight" outside rein, loose inside rein
M'kay, here's some background info:
I started riding at 12ish and got some lessons for around a year. I then went to a trail riding place and dicked about on weekends until I was 15. I've discovered the lessons I got when I was younger weren't brilliant because on my first lesson at this new place (which I love and I'm 19 now) my instructor was talking about things/showing me things I never did before. Including:
I had no idea what an "inside" and "outside" rein/leg was
Using leg yields
I get the leg yields and understand the outside/inside thing but this has confused me. She told me to keep the outside rein "tight" (as in have my elbow right into my side) and inside rein loose. I always kept both reins "tight" before and I'm a little confused about the this. Basically, why keep the outside "tight" and inside loose? When I say loose I don't mean no contact, just a bit less, if that makes sense.
Oh, and according to my instructor I'm not a complete newbie any more which was a huge ego boost :P
I've Googled around but I haven't found a simple answer. Any help would be greatly appreciated.