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Loveslayla

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I’ve been having lessons for just over a year on/off... in Feb we got our own pony. over last few months we’ve been getting to know him and having gentle rides on roads and in the fields. Just as lockdown happened I was getting organised with a BHS instructor to help us.
thsnkfully yesterday we had our first lesson with him.

but I’ve come away confused with what to do with my legs.
When turning right she said leg on girth and left leg ( outside leg behind girth) and if he verres off to use the outside leg to knock him on.. and vice Versa.. And using ur weight in the saddle which makes sence

But the old riding school teacher never taught me this..

I’m getting confused
 

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Your new instructor is right. I'm guessing your old school taught you just to pull the rein in the direction you wanted to go? In the ideal world most of your aid should be from the leg and seat, it makes for a more balanced ride which is more comfortable for both of you. Just be careful not to exaggerate the leg or seat too much, horses are sensitive enough to feel small changes as long as we sit still most of the time, so no swinging your outside leg miles back or overdoing a seat aid that will probably sort itself out when you use your legs correctly. I'm sure when you've had a few lessons and practiced inbetween it won't seem at all confusing :)
 

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Yep your legs are helping to give bend throughout the body, just pulling on the rein tends to have them falling through the shoulder and going off balance, often seen as not so much of an issue for a low level riding school horse but balance is definitely desirable and will make your ride much more enjoyable and easier.
 
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So this evening we tried to put into practice what we were taught etc yesterday..
Managed to use seat much more and the legs sort of naturally followed..

Archie is a bit naughty as will try his luck and go his own way.. I definitely found using the legs, body and rein by the end of our ride he was less inclined to take off on his own direction... felt much more control. He is a strong lad.. still a long way to go to get it right... I know I lean forward and my heels come up but hopefully will get there.

thanks for the help folks
 

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By controlling his body you'll have so much more control than if you just try to move his head and neck. You'll also find that as you have more control he becomes more balanced and that in turn will make him lighter in your hand and less strong. It might not be quick but in a year you'll look back and be so impressed with what you've done :)
 
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