Well the last 6 or 7 times I rode my horse I had been riding him bareback in a rope halter. (I started in a round yard and in the paddock and than in the arena) .So I decided to see if I could teach him to turn by using my legs, he went suprisingly well ! Sometimes I would make a mistake and sometimes he wouldnt listen but in the 7th ride I was turning him by using the lightest touch of the rope against his neck and mostly steering with my legs, I also realised I could get him to bend in the corner because I rode like that in english. I worked on refining stops and goes with a command, and because I have a bad habit of pulling him first to make him stop instead of leaning back, I practised getting him to stop when I leaned back and with not much rope pressure. So I was amazed and because he was more sensetive to my leg I could nearly get us to do a full turn on the forehand ! And we sometimes did a leg yield properly even know it might have only lasted for a couple of seconds ! It still made me very happy.
He had been taught to flex at the pole in a rope halter and so I worked on that a bit to. But here is when things get complicated, I decided to ride in a saddle because Slip just had the farrier, and I had time to tack up I got the saddle out and he looked at it like it was scary But when I put it on his back he was fine
. So I rode in a bridle with a bit, with a english saddle. But while riding I forget to steer with my legs and when I put to much pressure on one side or the other I found he would bend a bit to one side or the other or become confused ! So while he was still remembering to be steered with my legs, I just totally forgot. So now im not sure if I should have taught him to yield from my leg because when I ride with a saddle my legs are shorter on his side so I can't really get enough contact to push him over, but because I worked on that the last 7 rides he is more responsive. Is it bad for an english horse to be to sensitive to yielding from leg pressure ? Should I just let him forget about what I taught him, or should I ride him English, with what I recently taught him. Sorry if this is confusing but I actully didnt think I could teach him to turn with my legs in a short ammount of time, and I feel that he prefers this way but I don't want him confused when being ridden english. Just so you guys know he is 16.3 and I am not tall so when in a saddle I don't have much leg contact on his barrel.