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 cant 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 dont 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 dont have much leg contact on his barrel.