Originally Posted by GeminiJumper
...How do you learn, Bsms?
Apart from doing, I like a precise description. For example, the cavalry manual says to rotate your pelvis back until you start to feel the fleshy part of the butt, then roll it forward until that feel is gone. For western riding, I've been told to do the first part, but then not roll back forward. Those are descriptions I understand.
I also prefer reasons WHY something works. I started taking lessons about a month ago, and I like being told why something works, or how it affects the horse. When I understand why, I remember. It also helps when I switch saddles from english-western or back...some things apply to both, but some vary with goal and tack. The instructor I'm getting lessons from now is good at explaining how what we do affects the horse's capability or perception, which I really like. The last lesson emphasized timing your cues so that it was physically possible for your horse to flow into the next phase, instead of just deciding you want something and cuing until the horse figures it out. I can understand how that would help calm an excitable horse, while screwing up the timing would make her more excited.