Originally Posted by WhyAHorseOfCourse
I'm definitely going to change the way I use leg pressure for turning now! The trainer always said to use the inside leg, and to use it harder if the horse is not turning. I don't remember her telling me to use the outside leg at all when turning! I feel so stupid
:) Don't feel stupid. I didn't even know leg pressure was a thing until I started looking around on the horse forum. I was just like YEP, She turns when I pull on the reins- She's good to go! Haha
Does it makes sense why you use the outside leg? That's the biggest thing. Another example - when you're on the ground teaching a horse to, say, yield their hind end. You push them the way you want them to go. So then when you hop up in the saddle, and you touch their left side, they're going to want to go to the right - and the added rein cues are probably just confusing the horse! I could see why that could be taken as a sidepass cue.
Let us know how it goes using you outside leg :)