Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
My understanding of having your outside leg back is to "push" the rear end over to get the correct lead. Then you ask for the canter with the inside leg.
I know English is different than Western and I'm not that familiar with English. In Western, or at least the way I ride, I don't do anything with the reins. Also, I don't keep leg on as Velvet suggested. The horse should be responsible enough for it's own feet to stay at the same speed, but that has to be taught to them.
Everyone should be allowed at least one bad habit, and that's NOT owning a horse! Mares RULE! Geldings drool!