Transitioning to different gaits ... how?
Ok so i'm a beginnger in terms of riding, I have only trotted (mainly raising but done a bit of sitting; it hurt a but being a guy :p )
I do some questions;
Main one being is I can't quite get teh hang of giving the horse that i'm riding the right signal to progress onto the next gait, I can't seem to quite get it, I don't like kicking the horse because part of me feels like that it's being cruel, i'm not too good with squeeze signals either when I squeeze I tend to squeeze roun my pelvis area (so the bacially from my hips to my knee caps) I find it uncomfortable and hard to actually squeeze below my knee caps without standing up a little - does this just require practise?
Also can a horse (if given the right command obviously) go from a halt to any gait, gallop or whathave you, which leds me onto another question which is kinda linked that is, how does the horse know what gait your asking for if that's the case, eg. How does the horse know that you want to go from a standstill to a canter etc.
Apologies if these seem like stupid or over analyical questions, I have a very analyictal brain, I like to know how things work before I even try to do thigns; i'm also a perfectionist hence why I ALWAYS ask questions like this