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.
They are correct. This is what I do.
The problem as I have mention over many posts is that asking for an outside leg back pushes the haunches into a state of crookedness. For simple trail riding and very low level riding it probably doesn't make much difference in having a crooked horse as further training could not progress anyways.
For those that will need to do half passing and temi changes, then you will want the horse straight and correct. If the rider wants the horse to progress they will use the inside hip closing on the horse and the horse being sensitive at this point will respond in a straight and corrct manner. The outside leg at this point will only guard against the haunches swining out and will act only if that happens.
When you see someone doing flying changes and you see the haunches swing left and right then they are still using this preliminary, beginner aid (outside leg back).