Aids to Turning Left
Turn right by applying your left leg slightly forward with no contact with your inside leg. The inside leg is the direction you wish to turn. The outside leg applies pressure to turn in the opposite direction and shifts your weight in the saddle to this leg. Horses move off, or away, from pressure in a turn.
Your knee should be turned in to rest against the knee roll, but it should not grip. Your knee should be bent to allow your lower leg to hang at an angle by the horse’s side. Don’t try to ride with your knee straight in order to achieve a long, ‘dressage’ leg position.
The first records of the word whoa are in reference to the command to stop, especially when given to a horse. It’s thought to be a variant of the word ho, which was an earlier way of commanding a horse to stop (and a good way to remember that it’s spelled whoa).
In most cases, a light but steady pressure is ideal. Keep your hands in front of the saddle and shorten the reins enough so that you can feel the horse’s mouth. Maintain an even pressure regardless of what the horse does, or what your body does to balance. Avoid increasing pressure unless necessary.
It means that as you’re posting the trot, you’re sitting as the horse reaches out with the outside leg, and rising when the leg hits the ground. This is opposite of what you should be doing. Learn to post the trot and remember to “rise and fall with the leg on the wall.” 07 of 12.
Itching can be a legitimate reason for a horse wanting to rub on something, but that something shouldn’t be you. That doesn’t mean that you can’t help out your itchy horse, though. If you’ve just come in from a long, hot ride and your horse is sweaty under the bridle, rubbing is just a way to scratch her itchy head.