Basic turning right and left
I've got an 8 year old mare that I've had since she was born. I've never taken a lesson or taken her to a trainer. She's been going fine until the last 6 months or so and she started doing a little buck when asked for a canter. It's been constant enough that I started to lose some confidence since I'm old and she's had me off a couple of times. Mostly she was getting very buddied up with the other horses. When I rode away from her herd mate, she would pitch a hissy fit. I wanted to get her away from home for a week or so. I thought it would be a good time for me to improve my riding as well.
She goes well at the trot, does transitions very well and before I took her to the trainer she turned right and left off my leg. The way I do it is if I want her to go left I put pressure on her right side with my calf, only correcting with the bit which was rarely necessary
I've gone back to riding my older mare at an almost constant canter and I have gotten more confident. I realize now that I had been shortening the reins every time I got nervous.
Over that, now on to the question. The gal that I took her to want me to continue to come over to ride but she insists that I neck rein her and to do this I kick her at the girth line with my left leg to make her go left. Not using my right leg at all. Is this correct? It just feels so foreign to me! I always thought that the horse should move away from pressure so to go one way or the other you need to "push" them with the opposite leg. I've never had to kick this horse for her to do anything. Haven't had a problem with her going the direction I wanted since she was a 3 year old. Now it's a battle and I feel like we are both very confused. I understand the concept of having a horse bend around your inside leg in a tight turn but should I not be pushing her with the outside leg? This lady is a barrel racer type rider so I know where she's coming from but still...I ain't going around no barrels EVER! I am wore out from kicking poor Saro in the ribs and upset at the trainer yelling to KICK HER KICK HER !!!
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