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        04-23-2013, 11:36 PM
    Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
    Anebel, could you please expand upon this? Is this in relation to collection? It is completely inverted from what instructors drill into us of inside leg to outside rein. If I'm reading it correctly, it involves using the outside rein aid before the inside leg aid and the not the other way around. Is that right?
    So many instructors get very caught up on this - which is correct up to about first level, however, eventually we do need to start developing straightness and the horse going forward from both legs.
    When beginning the lateral work (SI here for an example), riders use so much inside leg that they push the haunches right out and off the line, and the shoulders over the outside aids as well. The result is an incorrect SI with ineffective outside aids and a more crooked horse carrying less weight on his inside hind - the opposite of that we want the SI to do.
    By riding with the outside aids on and the inside leg relaxed at the girth, it allows the outside leg positioned behind the girth to keep the haunches tracking straight forward, and to keep the shoulder in line (that both shoulders are standing upright, no leaning to the outside) and then, the inside hind is forced to come under the horse's center of gravity and carry more weight.
    I'm finding it hard to find video examples of each, mostly out of laziness. But you feel the difference between the horse pushing and carrying, and having effective outside aids and an effortless half halt in the correct way, and feeling the horse fall right over the shoulder and having no control the incorrect way.
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        04-23-2013, 11:41 PM
    Green Broke

    This will really help me!!!
        04-23-2013, 11:42 PM
    That actually makes a lot of sense :)
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        04-23-2013, 11:45 PM
    Green Broke
    Sky... dunno bout you but kind of feeling the oh duh moment thing right now haha

    We learn somthing new everyday... haha
        04-23-2013, 11:48 PM
    Right? My new instructor was trying to preach that to me and I was kind of like "oh... well what's the reasoning behind that?" Finally it clicks. Thanks again anebel.

    I know Sky, being where he is in his training now, benefits from inside leg to outside rein cause of his tendency to drop shoulders in either direction. But In the video it looks as though Ollie would benefit from using outside leg to wrap him around your inside leg.

    Sky isn't there yet... nor am I.
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        04-24-2013, 01:29 AM
    Sorry to hijack, but Anebel, if you are ever wanting a holiday in west aust and want to make a bit of $$$, I'd love for you to give me a lesson or 2!!!
        04-24-2013, 02:49 AM
    Lol picup - I was planning on doing the CDI Sydney this year but unfortunately the Derby was not offered.
    Tell them next year they need to let the international riders back! :P
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        04-24-2013, 04:42 PM
    Anebel! You are freakin brilliant! I was out cantering in the fields today and decided to try some half halts "backward" of the way I was taught. I restricted the whoa (outside shoulder) a split second before the go (inside hind), and voila! Possibly my first real half halt at the canter. Like you said, it kept the horse straight so the half halt was free to go through. What a feeling that was. The impulsion that came from behind was like a wave. It was 5 hours ago, and I'm still grinning like an idiot!

    Klassic, sorry to threadjack. Just wanted to put it here since it came from advice that pertained to you.
        04-27-2013, 12:35 AM
    Green Broke
    No thy is so awesome! I to had he same experience now two days in a row and its really really helped my halt trantitions tremendously I just haven't had the time to post about it!

    Thanks so much Anebel!

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