Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~
upsidedown- with horses who are oversensitive to the leg, usually the best policy is to put it on because then when you go to aid her, she is not suprised by the sudden leg pressure coming from nowhere. If your leg is on and steady, a small increase in pressure to aid for something is going to be a lot more predictable for her, and so her response will not be from suprise.
That makes sense, when I first started riding her and I first put my leg on her and she did her explosion thing I just took it off for the most part because it intimidated me. I've been riding her a lot and she's less explodey and knows now that leg doesn't always mean "gogogo!" (when I first started riding her she would try to canter whenever you tried to bend her in a circle at the trot) so I've been using more and more leg. Plus now I'm used to her sensitiveness so she doesn't intimidate me.
We've both improved a lot with each other. Thanks for your help, I aim to improve some more!