Let me start off by saying that I have never used a riding crop, or spurs before.
That being said, my horse is starting to become very herd bound, so I want to go back to basics on the ground and get some more respect there. However, I also still want to ride. I plan to do some real 'work' near the gates and barn, where we have the most trouble.
The problem: He doesn't want to turn away from the barn. I get him to do it with a lot of inside heel to flank pressure, but its work. It's not a problem with him turning, away from the barn he'll turn either direction smooth as can be. He just doesn't want to go away from the gate.
The question: I have very short legs and I am getting tired of stretching them to 'push' his hindquarters around so he'll turn. Can I use a riding crop as an extra aid to my leg pressure?
My thought was to press it behind my inside leg, and when he resists start adding more pressure (tapping) until he moved his butt.
Would it be better to tap it on the outside shoulder, to get his front end moving away and in the direction I want to go?
Any advice you guys have would be great. I plan to do this on the ground too which should help loads to 'remind' him of what he seemingly forgot over the off time in the winter.