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post #1 of 3 Old 03-24-2016, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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Steering and footing

Hello! Had a lesson today--I'm a fresh beginner. Very very new. She said she saw a lot of natural talent and I caught on very fast.

Although my instructor was thrilled with how fast I caught on and swore I have taken lessons before (I haven't) I still get confused on footing. Inside versus outside. So when I am tracking left, I use my my right leg to steer as in using the outer leg to steer/guide the horse ? I'm not sure if I am even wording it correctly tbh.

If the left side of he horse is toward the inside of arena are we guiding with the outside of the leg to just go in a circle ?

Gah. Sorry for the ignorance. Just trying to understand. :/
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Your outside is the leg closest to the fence. Your inside is the leg closest to the middle of your ring. If your going left along the rail, abd you wish to make a circle, you use your right leg, think of it like pushing the horse away from the fence. If your going right on the rail, abd wish to make a circle, your going to use your left leg, again pushing the horse off the rail.

If your trying to keep the horse on the rail, your going to use your inside leg (the one closest to the middle of the ring) to push him into the rail. So if your going left, abd need him to stay close to the rail, your going to use your left leg. If your going right, abd need him to stick to the rail, your going to use your right leg.

Say you're in a square ring, abd your trying to round out your corners, you'd use your outside leg to push the horse off the rail, and guide with your reins around the corner, then use your inside leg to push the horse back to the rail.

Hope that helps
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Your outside is the leg closest to the fence. Your inside is the leg closest to the middle of your ring. If your going left along the rail, abd you wish to make a circle, you use your right leg, think of it like pushing the horse away from the fence. If your going right on the rail, abd wish to make a circle, your going to use your left leg, again pushing the horse off the rail.

If your trying to keep the horse on the rail, your going to use your inside leg (the one closest to the middle of the ring) to push him into the rail. So if your going left, abd need him to stay close to the rail, your going to use your left leg. If your going right, abd need him to stick to the rail, your going to use your right leg.

Say you're in a square ring, abd your trying to round out your corners, you'd use your outside leg to push the horse off the rail, and guide with your reins around the corner, then use your inside leg to push the horse back to the rail.

Hope that helps
This was perfect !!!! You gave me a great imagine ! Thanks ! That's what I had thought, but making sure I'm understanding correctly.
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