Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
One of the things that attracted me to western riding was that, since I don't do any horse sports, I was free to ride in whatever way worked best for me and my horses. I had read mostly dressage books before then, and the whole thing of 'twist your hip bone here, and support with the thigh while turning your head just so' approach was driving me nuts.
I asked a western rider how he cued his horse for a turn...he looked at me kind of odd, and replied, "I just look where I'm going. Mostly the horse figures it out."
There can be much more to it if one wants, and I've since learned to use my legs before reins...but the simplicity sure was nice. It was also a bit deceiving. It is like the guitar - very simple to learn, but a lifetime isn't enough to learn it all.
... Energy is an admirable thing, but the energy of stupidity seldom avails much..." - On Seats and Saddles (1868), Francis Dwyer, Major of Hussars (light cavalry)