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post #11 of 12 Old 03-26-2016, 09:38 PM
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The advice you've gotten so far is excellent, but are you also looking where you want to go? If your horse is sensitive (and it may not be, being a lesson horse, but it's worth a try), he will pick up on subtle cues. Of course you need to know the basic cues, but turning your body in the direction you want to go, even ever-so-slightly, registers with the horse. The slight shifting in weight, even when it's just your head moving, tells him you want to go that way. But yes, you need to sometimes use your leg, especially with lesson horses that get used by so many different people, to be clear. But start by thinking "I want my horse to turn towards that mark" or "I want my horse to be closer to the wall". You'd be surprised at how intuitive horses can be.
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post #12 of 12 Old 03-26-2016, 10:59 PM
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Turning seems to be a very confusing topic for some, far as which leg to use, because it depends!
Our training is based on having a horse yield, or move away from pressure, regardless of body part.
Thus, a broke horse really should turn off of that outside rein alone (western ), and you use legs then, to either enforce that yielding, making the shoulder follow the nose(thus outside leg, slightly ahead of the cinch ), or, if the horse is pushing his ribs into the turn, versus keeping the correct bend, you use inside leg at the cinch
You might have to use both, on a horse never taught to keep correct alignment between reins and your legs, helping him to stay correct.
Think of what body part, you want to move, and thus have the horse yield to that leg, by moving away from it
In aside pass, you combine the horse having learned to do a turn on the forehand and turn on the haunches,, and a half pass far as him knowing how to yield both to a reina against his neck and your leg on him
Thus, in a sidepass, (going right )you would put left rein against his neck and left leg against his side, making sure right rein and right leg is off him to' open the door'
Right rein against his neck, tells him to move front end to the left, while leg tells him to move the rest of his body left
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