Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: British Columbia, Canada
• Horses: 0
using leg aides to turn CONFUSED!
This may sound really stupid but... I have just recently purchased gelding who I plan to do nothing with but pleasure/trail ride. I have been getting conflicting information from two parties... First I would like to say that the horse which I bought is a 5 year old registered AQHA gelding who has had professional training in the past but hasnt been ridden in the past year as his previous owner was unable due to medical reasons. He can be saddled and ridden---does not know anything fancy, but apparently knows his lead changes). I bought him beacause he is a gentle puppy dog who loves people and loves to be handles. He doesn get nervous, but has lovely forward movement. I have only had him for a few days, and have only been on his back twice. So I have been working on refreshing his neck reining--picking it up beautifully and in no time at all, now I want to start introducing leg aides, I thought I knew what I was doing but I now have two people (who are experience horsemen) telling me two seperate things.; making reguess what I already thought I knew...
1. If you want your horse to turn LEFT apply pressure with the LEFT leg (so the horse goes "around it" this also causes the hip to turn out--to the left)
2. If you want your horse to turn LEFT apply pressure with your right leg (so that the horse moves away from the pressure)....
So which one is it; I don't want to be confusing him, and move backwards instead of forwards...