My riding instructor taught me how to cue the horse to canter on my last lesson. From what I understand your inside leg stays where it is, while your outside leg goes slightly behind the girth. Then your inside hand extends forward. But why does your outside leg have to go behind the girth when cueing the canter? And I don't understand the whole hand thing. When you walk/trot, your outside leg just has to apply pressure and the horse will move the opposite way that it feels the pressure coming from. Why can't you do that with the canter as well? Does my outside leg still have to be slightly behind the girth after the horse goes into a canter? Or can it go back to the normal place?
Sorry for all of the questions. I'm just really interested in why. I also won't be having a lesson this week, so I won't be able to ask her until next week.
ETA- I might be off with my information. I'm just trying to remember what she told me.