What are some common cues for things? Like lately when I've been neck reining Lacey I've discovered that she'll turn on her haunches (or whatever that's called when the horse just spins on it's rear to turn around) if I heavily neck rein her in one direction while putting my leg on on the left if I want to go right, etc. So I was wondering what are some common cues that one might use to side pass (I've tried left leg for right motion etc along with tight reins and that works somewhat, I can tell she knows it just she's not sure what I'm asking), and all those other things that I can't think of right now. >.<
I'm pretty positive she probably knows how to do most of the stuff people like their western type horses to do I'm just not sure of the cues and since I can't contact her previous owner... Yeah.
How to I keep each cue different for her so I don't confuse her?
For instance, she's having some difficulty with the cue to canter and the cue for side passing. I just randomly tried to side pass the other day since she had a super hard time with that in the english saddle but she seemed to have less difficulty in the western saddle. But anyway, I tried having the reins kinda tighter while kinda pushing her over with my left leg since I wanted to go right and she immediately started trying to break into a jog. Since that is the same aid I use to tell her to canter I can see why she was confused. I did get her to side pass eventually but I don't want to confuse her.
Other question (I would have made a new thread but I felt kinda silly making two new threads in the same section): How do you teach your horse to jog?
I know it has to do with the horses' conformation but I know Lacey can, I mean she's done it before when I'm riding her and she's tired and she'll do it on the lunge line sometimes but she won't do it consistently.
I've tried doing tons of circles with her but doing circles is scary because I'm not very good at judging how big the circle needs to be and she has a pretty big stride so she ends up racing around at a full extended trot instead of being calm because I'm not there for her and then to make matters worse she starts tripping over herself because she's going too fast and it's just bad news all around. I've been trying to do lots of serpentines and I've been having her jog slowly then walk when she starts to speed up, rinse and repeat and that has made it better but it's not as nice as I know she can be. I know she's not going to ever be super smooth or slow, I just want something nicer than a back breaking Superwoman trot, yknow?
Sorry for how long this is... I'm too chatty, me' thinks.