I have a really hard time getting my lesson horse to work and I can't tell if it's because I have a weak leg or if it's because she's ignoring me. I normally need a crop to get anywhere with her, and on the days I don't use one, I have to kick her to get into a half-hearted trot then squeeze like hell to keep her in it. By the time she finally is going at a decent pace, my legs feel like jelly.
This alone makes me think it's a problem with my legs just not being what they should be, but at the same time my instructor is always praising me on how "quiet and solid" my legs are when I ride. Can you have weak leg aids and still ride with a "solid" leg?
Any thoughts or advice on how I can improve?