I've been riding my girlfriends horse for her some lately ( I know there's the problem) but yesterday we had a few misunderstandings. Before I start she has been taught by a trainer in her english riding/eventing days and I am self taught with lots of free help so she has the upper hand in these arguments there. Haha
I have started riding him with spurs as he has been spoiled and will break from canter into trot because that's what he's been allowed to do. He is perfect with a crop but I don't like riding with a crop all the time and he has responded suprisingly well with spurs. She's never ridden with spurs so she doesn't fully understand what I'm doing with my legs yet, it's a learning process. Haha
First thing is I was posting to the trot in a straight line down the middle of the arena and she said I was posting to the wrong diagonal...I was taught to rise and fall with the leg on the wall, or the outside leg, but what is the outside leg if I'm going down the middle of the arena?
Also she rides him in a D ring snaffle, I ride him in a single jointed curb bit( pretty middle of the road not harsh, not easy). He responds well to both under normal circumstances. But as I was asking him to pick up canter yesterday I put my inside leg up, outside leg back and rubbed with my heel , but she felt that I needed to pick up my inside rein, and kick with my inside leg to pick up the right lead, which I can't do with spurs on. I felt like picking up on my rein would confuse him with the curb bit in, and I was always taught to use weight distribution in my seat to pick up leads with spurs on.
I just want to hear ya'lls opinion if I have the right idea. She is totally comfortable with me riding him in the equipment that I use, I'm just curious If I had the right idea, and I'm still trying to learn every day.
PLEASE do not take this as any offence, its purely a question(s).. how long have you been riding, and what sort of level are you at?
I am VERY reluctant to allow anyone to ride my horse in spurs, regardless of level, even though I have myself, and if I ride in a snaffle, they would be too.
Canter leads- Inside leg should be long and on, not 'up' outside leg back. I ask for canter off my inside leg, if the horse doesn't respond, then spur.
As for the inside hand, I would only lift if you're trying to encourage more bend in the neck, but you also need to use more inside leg and seat to achieve this, and do not pull back on the rein.
As for trotting down the middle of the school, if you come off the right rein, through A to C, you stay on the right lead, as with the left lead, and change as you change the bend if you're going another direction.