Beginning Horse Riding : Horse Riding Command Pressure
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Beginning Horse Riding : Horse Riding Command Pressure

October 7, 2019


We’re going to take our study and practice
of hand and leg coordination to create the pressure that our horse will move away from.
Our rider is going to begin with one of the first and simple basics of lateral work, which
would be a leg yield. I like to think of my hands and legs working together in somewhat
of a continuum of pressure. We always want a very sensitive horse that moves away from
the lightest amount of pressure, and we’re always trying to minimize the amount of hand
pressure we use. The best horses are those that appear as though the rider does nothing,
but the horse is doing some fabulous moves within that. Our rider just showed us the
piece of lateral work called the lateral work called the leg yield, where the lightest amount
of pressure of an indirect rein and an indirect leg will bring that horse to move away from
the pressure. Now, we’re going to take that pressure to a greater amount, and ask this
horse to side pass. Our indirect rein becomes more assertive, and our left leg is asking
with a little more pressure to get this horse to move to the right as he crosses his legs
over. Now we’ll take that to what I consider something adding a little more pressure, perhaps
the hands have to then back the pressure up a little bit, so it’s a bit of a little more
in a backward sense, as we ask this horse to go ahead and create that what we call a
spin. So, a nice example from a novice rider with a novice horse, of how we can take our
indirect pressures, direct pressures, both hand and leg, and take that to a point where
we can predict the outcome of the horse’s movement. Along the way, we recognize that
the least amount of pressure is always the best, so that we can take our horse on become
that very quick and handy Western mount to go to any discipline that we might choose.

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  1. u dont hva to use one hand when your just learning…but ya when u show ur useing one hand is what they expect

  2. im pretty sure we all were horrible riders to start off with and you guys dont need to complain about what shes doing wrong..

  3. well im sorry, but i wasnt judging.
    im just trying to help, we are all begginers at one point. and im still at school so dont you go telling me to learn how to spell πŸ™‚

  4. Dont judge people when you arent even ride western. Young horses (like here) are trained with hackamore or snaffle bit with two reins. Only the senior horses are ridden with bits and single rein. So the pros use only 1 rein, youre right. But most are not.

  5. @no4go2 yes and no…i know what you mean about one handed but she is a beginner and should start out with 2 hands like most of us did.

  6. At our stables we ride in a very relaxed Western way, the pressure from a leg will either make our horse take a right or left turn(We mainly ride in a fenced off ring going in a circle shape the whole time and not breaking off into the middle) but i think riding in this manor would be very interesting!

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