Leg Pressure Questions??
I would first like to start by saying that I am NOT a complete idiot and that i DO know somethings about horses and riding. But...
I read a lot on here and other sites about leg pressure and how and where to do it and which way it makes them turn and why...
I want some one to explain to me " As if I was 2 " about turning left (where my leg/foot should be, turning right, stopping.
When he gallops should I stand slightly?
I can ride a horse and stay on LOL but I want to make sure that if I am going to be doing this that I am doing it right.
I hope I don't sound like a complete bafoon.
I think it depends on the horse and how it was trained. I've had some instructors tell me that horses move into leg pressure, and others tell me that they move away from it.
The horse should move off of your leg. You don't want the horse sitting on your leg. when stopping you should keep your legs relaxed and sink your weight down into your heels. when cantering its a preference wether to sit or be in two point, either one is perfectly fine for english. It probably would be beneficial for you to get some riding lessons to learn how to cue your horse properly.
Lmao well... If you want to try and cling for dear life with your legs you can try sitting a gallop but it isn't all that pleasant.. I'd def. recommend a half-seat/two-point position.. but if you're going from a standstill, do yourself a favor and grab mane. Also, stay as deep in your heels as you can. I always manage to lose a stirrup while galloping my QH and end up half standing half sitting his gallop... (Not that I can't 2pt without stirrups, its just a bit difficult when my horse is a being bit of a maniac and I'm already thrown a bit off balance)
If you don't lose your stirrups though, it's much nicer that way.
I don't know how much you know about riding and 2pt, so I'm going to tell you just incase to make sure you're leaning slightly forward with your hips back over the saddle at the 2pt and balanced over your heels.. You don't want to stand straight up in the stirrups as you'll most likely fall off. Especially at the gallop.
As... interesting as her "mount" may be.. she is in a pretty good position, although her shoulders/top half may be a tad far forward.
I read it as canter not necceraly gallop.
May I suggest that if you are not hand-galloping, jumping or trick riding you will want your legs to be in such a position that if the horse were to suddenly disappear, you would land standing and not on your butt. Balance needs to come from you core or lower abdomen, so as to keep the legs soft and responsive to the feel and movement of your horse. Let your legs lie on the sides of your horse like a wet dish rag, softly hugging the horse- no gripping.
The horse needs to taught to move away from the pressure of the leg. There are several ways to do it- both are easy and use rhythmic pressure. When training the horse to turn, whatever you do first is what the horse will eventually learn to use as a cue. Here is a sequence that I use to train my show horses
To teach the horse to move the hindquarters over so that you achieve a Turn on the forehand, here is a simple technique I use. It helps to have a training stick or dressage whip.
Don't worry about feeling stupid!! Unless I'm very much mistaken the whole point of this site is to ask questions, get and give advice and most of all learn!! You could be around horses your whole life and still learn something new! No one thinks you're a buffoon hun! Good luck with your training I hope it all goes well for you! :)
As others have said, our horses are all trained to move the hind quarters away from the pressure, so you get a nice, tight left turn by left leg, slightly back behind the cinch, to get the hind quarters to move right.
It's also a good training excercise to do this backing up around turns or obstacles....same method, by 'steering' the hind quarters away from your leg pressure.
I've been taught that it's good to use a little bit of leg pressure when stopping to achieve a square halt (with all four feet aligned and "square"... probably more rectangular actually). Square halts are required for dressage tests, and it seems to me like they would be desireable in other disciplines, but you never know. Of course, your other stopping signals still need to be very clear.
My barn owner is trying to tell me that I need to use pressure/kick with my outside leg (this is my outside is the right and I want the horse to turn left), and pull with the inside rein (to completely turn around to the right). In my head this doesn't quite make sense because that means that the horse would be moving into my outside leg in order to turn. Is that right, or am I confused even more lol. I right now use the outside leg to push away the hindquarters and outside rein. The inside rein is just used for steering right, like to keep them going in that direction and not completely turning around?
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