Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
that's why, for beginners, it's easier to just get them to use the reins to steer, and twist their body a bit toward the direction they want to go, which will create a basic leg signal that the horse can understand. Giving too many instructions for leg cues, in the beginning , just makes the rider spend too much time in their head and lose focus of just being THERE when riding, and feeling what they need to feel to learn.
Absolutely. Leg cues are a very subtle way to communicate and require a rider to already feel reasonably comfortable and confident just being on a horse. I've seen my share of beginners wind up loping away when they thought they asked for a turn and the horse "heard" lope on the left/right lead.
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