Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck
I'm far too immature to ignore this! In response to your original question, try to think about the timing of the aid. Let's say for example, somebody asked you to jump off the ground right as you were landing from another jump. You couldn't do it because you're still on your way down, right? You want to time your aids according to what's called the engagement phase. If you're trying to ask for canter, but apply the aid when the outside hind is on the ground, the horse cannot respond. There is no point on keeping the aid "on" and asking continuously because the horse can only answer when the leg involved is available. You would have to ask when the outside hind is off the ground and about to come back down. Same with the walk. If you want the inside hind leg to step under more, you can only ask when it's about to land. Take a few minutes each ride to feel where your horse's feet are, which leg is off the ground when. Only then will you be able to properly apply the aids. Hope that makes sense.
Ok, I know that was irresisteible....
Thanks for the explanation....I totally get it. So with forward cue then, do you alternate both sides by asking each leg to go forward with a bump?....or do you bump at the same time with both legs?
I first learned to squeeze both legs together....now I was told to do the bump, but with the whole concept, I am wondering if I should be alternating the bumps with the legs that are about to move forward?