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  • My horse works off legs and i need to know them
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    01-06-2007, 12:43 AM
Working off leg aids

My horse Zanath will be coming to live with us next week. She is very uneducated. She knows...go...turn...stop lol.

I was wondering if anyone could give me tips on how to teach her to work off leg aids. I want to start jumping with her, but I cannot do that until she knows all leg aids

Also, what leg aids would she need to know. I figure she needs to be able to move off the leg, so...if I push my left leg she goes towards the right...

Hehe, any help would be appreciated!
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    01-06-2007, 02:50 AM
I think this goes without saying.. but i'll say it anyways! Lol!:

When you start to teach her leg cues.. I would recommend working with the rein and the leg. For example.. you want to turn left.

First, apply your right leg, and hold it against her side, then after a very brief moment, pull the left rein to start the turn.

So long as you are consistent with this, she will pick it up. She will learn that every time you lay, and hold your leg on her, you want her to move away from it. Eventually, the rein cue will be very minimal.

A good way to practice this, is just lots of walking and circling jumps set up in your arena. That's how I always taught the horses I trained. They were tuned into me, since they didnt know which jump they would circle next, and they were anticipating and waiting for the cue to turn.

Be consistent, don't rush her, and she will totally pick it up in no time!

This is just my opinion though, its worked for me in the past with every single horse I've broke to ride, so I wanted to share! =)
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    01-06-2007, 12:45 PM
Horses also are very smart and know to move away from pressure, so pressure on her left side would get her to turn right, but yes, just like skippy said use both rein and leg.
    01-19-2007, 04:09 AM
I'm also having trouble with teaching my OTT TB leg aids.

Horses also are very smart and know to move away from pressure, so pressure on her left side would get her to turn right, but yes, just like skippy said use both rein and leg.
Leg pressure works for some horses but with both my young warmblood and TB they don't move away from pressure.
    01-19-2007, 08:38 AM
Then how do you get them to turn? Your Rein? It looked as if you did dressage, you use leg pressure in dressage to have your horse turn...

All horses move away from pressure, just some more then others...Sometimes you also have to teach the preasure using both your rein and leg for awhile...I had to do that with mike.
    01-19-2007, 09:44 PM
Thanks for all your help guys Zanath has started and is become more fluent in moving away from leg pressure. She is a very smart, quick learner so that helps a lot as well.
    01-19-2007, 10:56 PM
Thats Good!

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