Ugh. Just when one problem goes away, another arises.
So my new gelding, Rebel, has been brilliant for everything and everywhere I wanna go. He knows everything and is very supple to my commands.....just one problem....his leg aids are a little but strange.
So here's what he responds to:
Forehand turn - Sliding the outside leg back and moving his butt over. Nothing wrong here.
Sidepass - Nudging his side with my leg behind the girth until he moves over and crosses his legs. But here's the thing....sometime he'll move into my leg instead of against it. I'm very careful to remove my inside leg to let him move over and I tell him "Go over" and nudge with my outside leg, but sometimes he'll sidepass against it in a perfect, happy sidepass.....if it was the right way
Haunch turn: Now, this was the very first leg aid I ever learned. You'd think I could get this one right......Merf. Guess not......When I put my leg on the front of his body he sidepasses. If I really want to move his front over, I have to really move my leg up onto his shoulder and he will drop his head and spin. And he is ninja about it too. But I have to bring my leg so far up that it's so uncomfortable and it screws up my seat for the spin when my leg is all the way up over his shoulder.
He knows everything, its just he has some quirks that I need to know how to work out. Especially that haunch turn. Sidepassing isn't necessary for my type of competition but spinning certainly is! Imagine the look on the judges face if I went into the reining arena and had to put my leg all the way up his breast collar to get a spin.