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    12-30-2012, 12:53 AM
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Hands before legs, legs before hands???

Ok....righty.......so I have always been told to use my seat and legs before my hands especially while collecting my horse......I've read in a few posts where people suggest picking up the reins BEFORE driving the horse forward into the bridle.....I however push the horse forward with my seat and legs then smoothly lift my reins to block/catch the energy and collect my horse.......I find if I use my hands first without impulsion from behind my horse just runs into the brick wall.......

What do you do? Because I'm starting to wonder if I'm missing something here????
     
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    12-30-2012, 07:18 AM
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Always seat, leg then hand. Using a restraining aid before a driving aid as a means to achieve roundness will either lead you to a very stuck horse, or one with a very short, stuff neck in a false frame.
Use the seat as the primary aid, and if the seat isn't enough to hold the horse together, then add a touch of rein if you must, but never as a first option.
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    12-30-2012, 12:38 PM
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Thanks Kayty - that's what I figured and that's how I TRY to ride....you're always a good source of knowledge!
     
    12-31-2012, 06:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Kayty    
Always seat, leg then hand. Using a restraining aid before a driving aid as a means to achieve roundness will either lead you to a very stuck horse, or one with a very short, stuff neck in a false frame.
Use the seat as the primary aid, and if the seat isn't enough to hold the horse together, then add a touch of rein if you must, but never as a first option.
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That's the way I have been trained and everything I have studied as well indicates this order also.
     



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