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    11-18-2008, 06:55 PM
Leg Position

My mare has always responded to leg pressure while standing still by moving her back end over which is fine but now I want to start working on getting her front end over.
She moves her front end over very well in a half circle with just rein cues but I want to take it a step further and use my legs more. So I'm wondering what the correct cue is for the back end and what the correct cue is for the front end?
I don't know if that makes any sense lol.
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    11-18-2008, 08:26 PM
To get my horse to do a turn on the haunches I try to use my knee and the front of my thigh lightly and in time with the movement of their stepping. I also like to put a small amount of pressure on their back with my seatbone of the leg I want them to move away from. Start by just asking for one step and then reward when they do it without any rein pressure. If you really have to then use a small amount of rein pressure to give them the idea, and then ask for a step on just leg pressure and reward. Don't expect even a quarter turn in the first ride, just gradually build up to it.
    11-19-2008, 01:01 AM
I have just started this with my boy and what my trainer said is to give really clear cues or aides in the beginning, to do this you start with moveing your leg either farther back behind the girth for turn on the haunches or move your leg far up almost to the shoulder for moving the front while the back stays in one spot. Also make sure that you are keeping your hips loose so they can swing with your horses movements. For moving the backend to the left move right leg back sqeeze relax sqeeze relax, while doing this keep your left reign with contact so the horse doesn't move forward and with the right reign do a little direct reigning.
For moving the frontend to the left you move your right leg up close to the shoulder keep contact with the right reign while using direct reigning on the left.
These cues are really exaggerated in the beginning so that your horse can start to fully understand, once they have done even the babiest of steps release and praise.
I practice with no stirrups in the beggining because it just seemed easier to give the clearest aids that way.
I hope I made sense and if I am wrong please corrrect me. I hope this made sense. Lol
    11-19-2008, 09:55 AM
Thanks that really helps. I'm definitely going to go out today and work with my mare.

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