Originally Posted by tinyliny
Just for curiosity's sake, which one feels most logical and natural to you?
(you think here while I write more_)
I look at it as there are active cues and passive cues. The inside leg is passive. It provides a supportive resistance to say (dont move straight this way, but rather go curved around me) while the outside leg says, "do something! Move away from this active pressure and movement"
The outside leg should press or tap so that it is more attention getting, while the inside is quiet and only provides a stability.
My teacher once told me to flutter my ankle against the horse's side, rather than squeeze too much (which was causing the hrose to feel resentment and such back). I think it works better than a squeeze.
If the horse ignores a flutter of the ankle, then it becomes a good tap and then a real whap! Against his side, then it's whip time.
I agree with you both, I think the combination of both is the best both the inside and outside leg working to achieve the turn, especially in circles. It seems very logical, and this is the method I use with my horses. Although, I do agree I use the outside leg if I need a tight turn. Again, I think there are many different applications depending what cues you want to give to your horse and what kind of work you are doing. Thank you!