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  • Leg yield and canter cue

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    01-19-2011, 05:03 PM
I press the outside heel in & kiss for a lope & for English ( her more impulsive canter) I "bump" with both heels & kiss.
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    01-19-2011, 06:36 PM
For those of you that use both legs in the same position, how do you ask for a specific lead?
See, the reason why I started this thread is because someone on another forum mentioned they use inside leg only to cue for the canter. I'm just trying to understand how that would control the horse's body in order to get the correct lead and why someone would choose to train a horse to canter with solely the inside leg.
    01-19-2011, 08:53 PM
Leg yielding

I find this very well explained.
    01-20-2011, 03:24 AM
Green Broke
Leg yielding and asking for canter are very different things
    01-22-2011, 05:46 PM
If you at least clicked the link and had a brief look you'd see the whole page is dedicated to cueing for canter.
    01-22-2011, 05:50 PM
I sit a little deeper,make a soft 'cluck' and squeeze with my calves.
    01-22-2011, 06:10 PM
I Just have to tell him to Canter. I try not to use my legs being as, he is vocie comand but when he puts up a fight I have to bruch my legs, klick (smooch), or use my crop. :) its easiest to tell him to walk or trot... canter I have to tell him over and over at times. Some times I lucky and he is in to mood to listen XD stubbern as a mule that one is, but I wouldn't change him for the world
    01-22-2011, 06:38 PM
I get Amber working well in her trot. I like to have her on the bit, but if she's got decent bend through the body and is using her hind end, I find that acceptable right now - she has not been in dressage training long, and was a trail horse before, so bending and contact are all new for her.

When I have that trot, I commit myself to the transition. You have to mentally commit yourself to ask, otherwise you half-ask and get a half-response.

I half halt first, then give a little squeeze on my inside rein as I push her with my inside leg into my outside rein. If I am posting, I sit before I ask and push her with my seat bones, putting weight towards the outside seat bone.
    01-23-2011, 07:16 PM
Green Broke
Honestly just a very light tap with my heel/calf and a kissy sound. The cues HAVE to be used together. Sometimes I can just squeeze. But my girl will never go with just a kissy sound.
    01-23-2011, 07:33 PM
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I make a kissing sound and keep my outside leg still while squeezing with my inside leg. Technically, since I only very rarely ride in an arena, I squeeze with my leg on the opposite side from the lead I want. Sometimes, when I don't care which lead Lacey takes, I just kiss so that she chooses whichever lead strikes her fancy.

I was formally taught to squeeze with my leg that's on the same side as the lead I want and keep my other leg still, but Lacey was trained the opposite way so I've changed the way I cue.

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