Looking good. One thing about her not wanting to be straight into her fences - are YOU straight? REALLY straight? Many times when a horse is not straight, it's because the rider isn't straight. Not always, considering no horse is naturally completely straight, but often. Every horse I ride is better about picking up canter lead right than canter lead left, so logic follows, I'm not straight.
I want your lower leg, it looks great. Your hands could be a lot quieter, but that will take time and it only comes with feel which is something that can't really be taught.
Your legs shouldn't HAVE to be really strong to control her with them. I can't even squat 100lbs but I can turn my horse at walk, trot and canter without using my reins. They are just sort of... there, as a guide for his headset, and as a reinforcement if he isn't wanting to listen. You have two options there - either develop a more effective leg (NOT stronger, but more effective - hard to explain), or get your trainer to teach your horse to be lighter to the leg.
For the record my lower leg is less stable than yours but I use spurs to flat with, and sometimes for jumping as well if my horse is being particularly sluggish. It's pretty easy to use prince of wales spurs correctly, they are fairly mild and usually quite short shanked. You can get them with a roller ball as well that makes them even milder. Mine don't have a ball, but the shank is very short (I bought the shortest shanked spurs I could find) so they are still quite mild. I found they are usually more than enough for my lazy boy, including for his laterals. His shoulder-in is FINALLY getting closer to acceptable and I would never have managed that without spurs.
A CLEAN SLATE FOR THE FUTURE
Last edited by blue eyed pony; 03-28-2012 at 07:46 AM.