07-23-2011, 05:51 PM
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Okay, well I am beginner rider so bear with me. :)
At cone one I asked for trot from a walk then cone two I asked for canter with my outside leg since my right side was towards the fence so used my right (outside) leg to cue him by placing it slightly behind the girth and keeping the left inside leg steady to support his body. Before I cued though I half halted with my left inside hand/rein and saw his one ear turn to me. He does get distracted when riding especially since my other two were on the other side of the hill beyond some trees in the paddocks and we were at the flat training ground. But he was earlier listening to my cues for releasing pressure to cross step his legs ( not the right name for the movement) . Anyways, I kept my legs where they were and didn't have my "nub" spur it's like 1/2" long not even I guess but no spur or crop and I didn't go crazy kicking or anything just a slight lift of my ankle to see if I was putting any pressure on. Maybe I was forward but I couldn't say since mom wasn't with me watching my body positions. To say also, weather was hot and sweaty but yeah he'll canter around our ring just not at the cones and he's not affraid of them. Any ideas?