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post #11 of 12 Old 10-05-2013, 05:13 AM
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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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post #12 of 12 Old 10-05-2013, 05:38 AM
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Your grandfather is a bronco rider not a dressage trainer he sounds just a bit confused but also this could be how your horse is trained! Your horse moves away from your leg and in the direction you point it's head.

To go left: Gently apply pressure with left hand, turning the horses head to the left... Use left leg to control the back end of your horse and your right leg to control the front end.

(For now you should just focus on using your left hand and right leg to go left)
Latter you will start using your left leg to move out the back end of your horse to make better turns. You will do this by putting your leg further back then normal and bush the butt away from your leg (The horse moves away from your leg)

To turn right: Apply pressure to the bit with your right hand, there for turning the head in the direction you want to go and apply pressure with left leg exactly where your leg normally rests and again eventually use right leg to move butt out.

Hope I helped.

This has nothing to do with her grandfather being a bronc rider. It is how MANY horses of varying disciplines are trained.

Listen to your grandfather, keep your cues soft and you will be fine. Horses are very capable of learning many different types of cues and responding well to them, depending on the rider and what is being done.

And you can start out by using both legs to cue, if you want to, just keep your cues soft and consistent, dragging it out by teaching one leg....and then adding the other is a waste of time. I see this in people who try to break neck reining down into steps and there is no need to.
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