I actually don't know if he knows how! He was a family horse and used mainly for trails, but he had been shown in both English and Western, so I assumed he knew all the basics. The seller has basically ignored me since she delivered him (she responds to my communication, but she's dismissive), so I haven't been able to get as much information as I should. It happened much more quickly and with less preparation than I had intended, but I was so in love the second I met him, and the seller wouldn't hold him (I was the first to see him). Nothing barring untreatable medical issues or vices like rearing under saddle would have kept me from getting him, but I should have asked more about his training and experience just so I wouldn't be wondering now.
Do you have any suggestions for how I can tell if he knows how to leg yield? On the ground he will move away from pressure when he's paying attention, but under saddle he speeds up if I give any leg pressure, even just one leg. I had assumed this was because we're still so new to each other and he was testing me/being obstinate. He has yet to move off my leg alone without rein contact (with me using the same cues that work on other horses), but I can't tell if this is a "can't" or "won't" situation.
By the way, I'm sorry if I sound alarmingly idiotic. I am still a green rider, and this is my first horse as an adult (I had an Arab from age 9 to 14, but my trainer, who boarded him, was constantly at my side, and I never had the 4H-style experience of really getting involved. It was more of a "get on the shiny horse and do what I tell you so you win a ribbon" kind of thing. I was not at all involved in anything except the riding.) But now my relationship with riding is completely different, and I feel like with the support system I do have now combined with my commitment to, comfort with and adoration for Sammy, we will do great together. I just usually think about these things in the middle of the night, and I like the forum format for talking about stuff like this :)
"...and may your life be filled with good horses." Buck Brannaman
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