Both right. She was trained differently is all. Depends on her discipline and on that of whom taught her.
I was taught to ride many years ago to, if turning right, bringing the right leg back behind girth and cueing against the side at same time as using pressure on right rein. Reverse for left. This moves the hindquarters to opposite side of direction you want to go, which puts head in the direction you are wanting to go, as horse is already pivoting.
Rarely used leg on opposite side as not needed.
I have also used the leg against side moving away from. Either one will work, just depends on how horse is trained. And horses can be taught both ways, as long as cues are consistent for each type and not muddled, horse will be fine.
For god's sake, horses that are shown quite a bit know what each command from the ringmaster means and will start before rider cues if they aren't careful, so no big stretch for them to figure out many things.
It suits me though, to use leg I am moving away from, to cue by pressing on the side I want to move away from, but my horse will do it both ways still.
As for horses moving away from pressure? Horses are notorious for pressing up against you when you press on them, what makes them move is that they are trained to give way. Obviously you've never been in tie stall and tried to get horse off of you.
Horse is lease horse, and her rules though. Don't do something she doesn't like.
Horses make me a better person.
Last edited by Palomine; 08-07-2013 at 08:40 PM.