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post #1 of 13 Old 05-15-2011, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone want to help me with leg cues?

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.

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The outside leg part is to tell the horse which lead you want. When traveling in the confines of a ring, it's the outside leg. Basically, by sliding that leg back a hair, you're "guarding" his outside hind leg from swinging out when you apply in inside leg at the girth to ask for the canter depart. It tells the horse, I want you to start the canter with your outside hind leg. The reason you release the inside rein at the same time is to free up his inside shoulder. Everything in horses work in diagonals. To get the outside hind to act, you have to free up the inside front leg which ultimately frees the corresponding shoulder. Sorry, I seem to be in a wordy mood today. Hope that makes sense.

As for keeping the outside leg there, if you're on a straight line, you don't need to. One a circle, yes because it keeps the haunches from swinging out so you keep the fully body bend that you want for circling.

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Once you get the canter, you can put your leg back to your normal position. Just remember to keep some leg on to keep him moving forward.

Why is your inside hand going forward?

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Once you get the canter, you can put your leg back to your normal position. Just remember to keep some leg on to keep him moving forward.

Why is your inside hand going forward?
I wasn't sure, but MyBoyPuck just said that it was to free up his inside shoulder.
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Yes, I read what Puck said....but that wasn't what I asked. I wanted to know why your hand went forward.

Your hand does not have to go forward to free up rein, and this is something that I have never really done except on younger, green horses....but I did an opening rein to the inside, not forward, as I still wanted contact with them.

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Yes, I read what Puck said....but that wasn't what I asked. I wanted to know why your hand went forward.

Your hand does not have to go forward to free up rein, and this is something that I have never really done except on younger, green horses....but I did an opening rein to the inside, not forward, as I still wanted contact with them.
I'm not really sure why tbh. I'll have to ask my riding instructor at my next lesson. Maybe that is what my instructor meant..more of an opening rein to the inside.
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Velvet, most instructors have riders new to cantering just put the inside rein forward so they increase the chances of a successful canter depart. Once they're comfortable with the transition aids, they are then taught to refine the inside rein part.

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Velvet, most instructors have riders new to cantering just put the inside rein forward so they increase the chances of a successful canter depart. Once they're comfortable with the transition aids, they are then taught to refine the inside rein part.
I'm not going to ask her then. Thanks for explaining!
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Myboypuck explained it all very well and I can't think of anything to add... however (sorry for butting this in) but speaking of canters... I would like some people to say there opinions on my thread here... thank you! Sorry again for intruding on this little part.

Http://www.horseforum.com/horse-riding-critique/ughhh-i-cant-stop-flapping-like-86671/

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Myboypuck explained it all very well and I can't think of anything to add... however (sorry for butting this in) but speaking of canters... I would like some people to say there opinions on my thread here... thank you! Sorry again for intruding on this little part.

Http://www.horseforum.com/horse-riding-critique/ughhh-i-cant-stop-flapping-like-86671/
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