I've been taking riding lessons for about half a year. I'm comfortable with w/t/c. When cantering I can't tell if I'm on the wrong lead. I have done research on the internet this past week learning all about the canter. From my understanding, if I'm on the left lead I'm going left. When cueing for a left lead canter I know to put my right foot slightly behind the girth and squeeze with both legs. This will push out the right hind, then the left hind and right fore move forward with the left fore leading.
Then I went and watched youtube videos. I can tell what lead the horse is on by watching, but I don't know how I will be able to tell when I'm on the horse. If I cue the horse correctly, he should be on the correct lead. But sometimes I find myself on the wrong one and my instructor tells me to drop it and start again. I want to be able to tell without my instructor telling me. Any tips with this?
And another question.. about something totally different. I got to ride bareback for the first time on my last lesson. I walked around for a bit and then trotted. I felt balanced, but I wasn't sure what to do with my legs. I just let them hang loosely when walking, but I kind of wrapped my legs around the horse when trotting. My heels definitely weren't down like they are with stirrups. So what is the proper leg postition when trotting bareback?
Oh and just to let you all know, I ride Western if that makes a difference. Sorry for making two threads in this section within the past few days..it's just that I want to impress my instructor on my riding lesson tomorrow. Thank yah to anyone that replies!