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        02-08-2013, 01:38 AM
      #21
    Weanling
    I agree tiny. I don't know much about Western riding, but I think the mere thought of wanting a particular response provokes it. You can think "back up" and your whole body subconsciously responds, and then the horse does too. It's like how a lot of riders tend to look down at their horses ears as they ride, and thereby their weight is shifted differently than if they were looking out and ahead.
         
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        02-08-2013, 02:03 AM
      #22
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    OH my gosh, I do that. If I want my horse to move laterally, I will look over at his jowl, kind of, . Like say I want him to go left, I look at his right jowl. It's really stupid. It's like I am trying to mentally "push" him over by leaning over and looking him. It puts me off balance and is exactly the wrong place for me to have my weight. He can't move left if my weight is on the right side.

    So, I have to stop "helping" him. Really, stop hindering him. I have to think as if I were the horse, or rather , his legs were mine. So, if I wanted him to move leftward, I'd want my weight over leftward, correct?
    I have to get MY mind in the game!
         
        02-16-2013, 07:47 PM
      #23
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Chiilaa    
    I agree that their descriptions are very detailed and it is easy to visualise what they mean for you to do. It doesn't change the fact that the aids given are wrong for what you are intending to do, eg to turn they suggest the outside leg should come FORWARD instead of go back slightly.
    Ok - (I have been riding my entire life and have shown successfully at the local level in english and western).... but, unfortunately, I have never taken a proper lesson. I'm starting this spring though woohoo.

    I'm pretty sure that I've always been told that it is correct to begin to ask for a turn by moving your outside leg forward, while keeping your inside leg steady as a "reference point". I'm quite certain I've read this in books/articles too...

    Just saying, maybe there's more than one "proper" set of cues to turn? *shrugs*
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        02-17-2013, 03:40 PM
      #24
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Corporal    
    I started English. I don't really understand the "Western" thing about keeping your leg off of your horse until you want to cue. I find that this is impossible on a lengthy--4 hours of more--trail ride, so it's an oxymoron, at least to me, bc I always keep my leg on my horse when I ride.
    I am just the opposite. I started learning Western and didn't know the difference between the 2 when I first started. It's not so much keeping your legs "off" as in they are not by the horse. But you aren't cuing or anything with your legs. You aren't gripping with your legs, you use your legs to cue, then they rest by your horse. That is how I can explain it the best I can from knowing just a little about English and trying to answer your oxymoron. Don't know if it helped though. Lol.
         
        02-17-2013, 03:46 PM
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    Yearling
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        02-17-2013, 03:53 PM
      #26
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SnowCowgirl    

    I'm pretty sure that I've always been told that it is correct to begin to ask for a turn by moving your outside leg forward, while keeping your inside leg steady as a "reference point". I'm quite certain I've read this in books/articles too...

    Just saying, maybe there's more than one "proper" set of cues to turn? *shrugs*
    LOL! I do it different...

    I use my inside leg at the cinch to help create the bend and my move my outside leg back to keep the hind quarters in and use my outside rein to move the shoulder.
    I have also found that cueing with my inside leg first gets the horses attention, sort of speak, they(or at least my horses) will tip their ear and nose to the that same side as my inside leg and help create the bend and them their poll is heading in the correct direction.
         

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