Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
Refreshing Leg Aides
Jayne has always been western and I am retraining him english... which means the leg aides he's used to may or may not be the same since I can't make heads nor tails of most explanations for leg aides (my weakness, I know). Any tips on reducing his confusion? On a turn, my inside leg will remain where it is, while my outside leg drops back a couple of inches to keep his butt from slinging around to the outside. He's going pretty well in his snaffle now and is nice and soft when he understands what is being asked, but he gets frustrated and tosses his head when he tries what he thinks is right and doesn't get the release he's expecting.
My plan was to work on his standing leg yields to get him re-focused on them and paying attention, then get him moving forward around visible obstacles to help guide him into doing the right thing automatically and bending himself the proper direction. Sound reasonable? I am not sure if that is how western horses are trained or not. Links to previous discussions of this that I didn't find with the search engine would be much appreciated.
We'll work up to side-passes... I tried that a couple of days ago and he acted like he had no idea what I wanted him to do and offered me about every other thing he could think of.