Western Riding, turning into/away from leg pressure.. Your opinion
OK, now this is going to be interesting! I wanted to get some feedback just to have an idea when it comes to a variety of riders. I ended up having a long discussion with several others during an event I had out at my place. I had a variety of different events riders (Barrel racers, Western Pleasure, Cutting, and so on), and the topic of turning into/away from leg pressure came up. What made it real interesting was the mix of opinions that came from it:
- Some said that when they make their turns, if turning to the left lets say, they will give the cue from their outside leg (right foot) to make the left turn. Their reasoning is that the horse moves away from the pressure which is why they apply outside pressure.
- Some said that when they make their turns, if turning to the left lets say, they will cue with their inside leg (left foot) to make the turn. Their reasoning is that the horse gives way to the inside pressure.
Now I know we all have different ways of riding, and some will have a stronger opinion of what is "proper" riding style. I found this extremely interesting, and wanted to see what is more common now days. This will throw an interesting twist into my routine of training, because now I really have to think about which style will potential buyers look for. So I wanted to see what many of our posters here had in mind and thought about the matter!
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