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    10-30-2011, 09:58 AM
Using Your Weight to Turn?

Does anyone use their weight to turn your horse in Hunters?
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    10-30-2011, 10:01 AM
No but your suppose to use your legs to turn
    10-30-2011, 10:05 AM
I know you are supposed to use your legs to turn, but I usually use my weight too. You aren't supposed to use your weight at all?
    10-30-2011, 10:10 AM
Not at all... your just suppose to your head (to look at the direct), legs, and very little rein
    10-30-2011, 10:11 AM
I'm not exactly a "Hunter rider", but I definitely use my weight as a steering aid. Just sitting a little deeper on one seat bone versus the other, no leaning or anything. The weight aid works together with leg aids to guide and encourage the bend and hand aids to guide the shoulders.

Weight can be a really powerful, yet subtle aid. A simple adjustment of balance and weight distribution from the rider can result in a dramatic change in the horse's balance and the way he comes through a turn, for example.

Sally Swift has an excellent discussion on the use of weight aids and how to think of them in her Centered Riding book.
    10-30-2011, 10:14 AM
That is exactly how I use my weight when I ride Scoutrider. My instructor told me otherwise, and I decided to get a second opinion.
    10-30-2011, 10:16 AM
The weight controls the speed and it is used to put your horse on the hindquarters in jumping and cross. In the show ring your suppose to smile and show as little movement as possible in hunter so you would mostly try to move him with as little movement as possible by your hands meaning that since the legs are less obvious to the judge you would use then more often to move your horse.
    10-30-2011, 10:17 AM
What did your instructor tell you, exactly? Not to use your weight at all?

IMHO, that's almost impossible. Applying leg changes your weight distribution, so weight is almost necessarily a part of leg aids... You can try to keep from weighting one side versus the other, but I know if I were to try that I would stiffen and have a hard time following the horse's motion.
    10-30-2011, 10:22 AM
No my coach certified instructor told me that weight is used to move the horse when legs helding, and jumping but when moving direction you must no play with your weight because it moves you and the horse's center of balance off center
    10-30-2011, 10:22 AM
Well... I'm just a western trail rider, never been to a show or event in my life. But my general rule of thumb is to control the horse the same way you do from the ground; with your whole body.
Like what Scout said, just put more weight into the direction you wanna go, keep eyes up and use the subtle changes in your body to cue your horse before leg and then rein.

At least that's the method I've used for three years, and it hasn't failed me yet

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