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post #11 of 14 Old 07-20-2007, 12:10 PM
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I think both ways are alright, depending on prefernce. Every horse trainer has a different view on training.

To me, riding with your outside leg IN FRONT of the girth is wrong, ineffective, and confusing to your horse when trying to teach leads.

I ride at a canter/lope with my INSIDE leg on or slightly in front of the girth to have actual contact with the skin of the horse.

This helps encourage the horse to arc around your inside leg as you are making the circle, therefore creating a better shape to the circle, and bending and lifting the rib cage.

I ride at a canter/lope with my OUTSIDE leg BEHIND the girth.
You should always cue for the lope with your outside leg if you are going on a circle, to get your horse to pick up the correct lead (which would be leading into the canter with the horse's INSIDE leg.)
If you cue for the canter with your outside leg and lift up on the inside rein, it helps the horse's body be more easily positioned to take the inside lead.

This also helps encourage the hips to remain in the circle, instead of swinging out, which will ruin your horses form, most likely make the circle mis-shapen, and more often than not, allows the horse to more easily drop his shoulder to the inside. When he does this, he loses the lift in his front end, which causes him to lose his collection and the impulsion from his hindquarter. Overall he falls apart as far as being collected and using his body correctly goes.
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post #12 of 14 Old 07-20-2007, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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ok thank you all very much.

now please can someone help me with the jumping releases.
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post #13 of 14 Old 07-22-2007, 08:24 AM
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joseylovesrain all a jumping release is putting your hands more folward as the horse streches him neck out over a jump. so u should still have contact but the horse has streched his neck and you have released his head to be able to strech. if you can watch other people jump it helps. i agree practise riding in two point position. i think you can jump without a instructor jump at a height you feel comfortable start low have someone out there with you while your learning. with lower jumps you shouldnt have to release much just concentrate on not thomping on your horses back or tugging at the reins when you go over a jump.
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post #14 of 14 Old 07-22-2007, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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ok thank you very much.
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