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post #1 of 3 Old 06-11-2016, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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Very Basic Question

I had my first riding lesson in 30 years yesterday! Here's what seemed counter-intuitive to me: While riding along the rail of an indoor ring, my instructor told me to use the left rein and right leg pressure to go left.
For some reason I kept wanting to use the left rein and *left* leg when turning left. Am I nuts?!
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post #2 of 3 Old 06-11-2016, 10:40 AM
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Depends on if she want you to turn with shoulder or haunches. it is outside aids for the shoulder to move.. So when turning left you would move both hand lefts so that outside rein is contacting neck, turn your torso left and outside leg would come on, inside leg would open up to not block horse from turning. For the haunches to move you would use inside leg and inside rein. More with shoulders though not pulling on the rein. It is your seat that is turning the horse.
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post #3 of 3 Old 06-11-2016, 10:46 AM
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Horses are taught to move away from pressure so by using your outside leg with the direct guiding inside left rein you cued the horse with your seat/weight to move her shoulders to the left and move away from the leg pressure, making the turn.
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