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  • Leg placement when riding english to turn left
  • Western horseback riding leg position turning

 
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    09-11-2010, 12:29 PM
  #11
Weanling
Haha ummm no. If you want your horse to turn left, use your left leg, and if you want him to turn right, use your right leg.
     
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    09-11-2010, 12:41 PM
  #12
Showing
^^I guess it depends on what kind of riding you are doing. If I used my left leg to turn left on any of my horses, then their butt would come unstuck and the turn would get sloppy. Everyone I know uses outside leg during a turn unless they need to move the whole body over (like going around a tree or something).
     
    09-11-2010, 12:43 PM
  #13
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by sorelhorse    
haha ummm no. If you want your horse to turn left, use your left leg, and if you want him to turn right, use your right leg.
This is closer to how I was taught, too. Do you ride English? I do, and I think this is more of the English norm. To go left I keep my left leg close to the horse and then slide my right leg a bit behind the girth. So technically I use both, but the pressure is mainly my inside leg. ETA: I saw smrobs post and wanted to add....that is the reason I slide my outside leg behind the girth, to keep their butt from coming out and making it look messy.
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    09-11-2010, 02:09 PM
  #14
Trained
I have yet to find a western trained horse who was not trained to move away from pressure. IE out side leg. Out side rein and so on.
     
    09-11-2010, 09:06 PM
  #15
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Sunny    
This is closer to how I was taught, too. Do you ride English? I do, and I think this is more of the English norm. To go left I keep my left leg close to the horse and then slide my right leg a bit behind the girth. So technically I use both, but the pressure is mainly my inside leg. ETA: I saw smrobs post and wanted to add....that is the reason I slide my outside leg behind the girth, to keep their butt from coming out and making it look messy.
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i do english and western. Pretty much I teach my horse to go away from pressure.
     
    09-13-2010, 08:53 AM
  #16
Weanling
I have seen some english instructors giving beginner lessons. The way they explain the turn to their students is to use the inside leg as something for the horse to "bend around." No actual pressure is used on the inside unless the horse doesn't properly bend into the turn.

They also instruct student to look and "point their navel" to where they are going. This has the effect of shifting weight in the seat and applying pressure with the outside leg.

From the body/leg position, this all seems very similar to western riding. The big difference in the english vs western turn is in the hands/reins which is accounted for in the bit design.
     
    09-13-2010, 09:04 AM
  #17
Started
Well, I totally misread the post the first time. Horses are trained to move away from pressure. Placement of the outside leg will control either the front, middle or rear of the horse in what area you want to move. Hope that makes sense to you.
     
    09-17-2010, 01:35 PM
  #18
Started
Nrha, I like the way you explained that.
     

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