How To: Turning Aids
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How To: Turning Aids

November 3, 2019


It’s coming from your rib cage and your torso,
not from turning your horse like this. So, um, to turn the horse correctly with your
body, imagine that 12 o’clock is going straight, and you’ve got the horse perfectly straight
between your aids. And one shoulder is right here, and one shoulder
is right here. When you ask that horse to turn, and you turn
first with your eyes, but you don’t allow your head to turn, so I’m going to swivel my shoulders—oh, sorry, I just killed my knee, ignore what this leg is doing—open
your shoulder in the turn, stretch into the outside, outside arm closes and comes to midline—but
never across midline—so you close, but you never cross midline, and this side opens at
the same time. So I want to move my hands together so that
both of the rein aids are giving the same feel at the same time, and I want to learn
to move my body slowly and deliberately, allowing the horse time to (Pepper neighing), and so
if I do this in slow enough motion, but nothing happened, boom—bump the rein, and the nose
will follow. So eyes, shoulders, stretch to the outside,
the outside leg is wrapping, both arms have moved this way,and that has caused no change
in your horse, immediately bump the nose, and that brings the nose into the turn, and
now you’re good to go. (Question: What do the legs do? Because I find myself kind of scissoring…) Julie: Don’t worry about what your legs do,
if you stay —and I’ll show you why—your legs do what they’re supposed to do. If you are in alignment, and you keep your
chest centered on the horse’s withers, here you are, and you turn like this look what
happened to my leg. It did kind of scissor. I did not actively move my inside leg forward
and my outside leg back. That just happens. What happens is, when you (neigh) turn, the
horse’s back does that. So your outside leg wraps around the outside
because his back is doing that. Your inside leg wants to move forward, because
there’s a lift on your inside seatbone. Remember when I had you sit on your seatbones
this morning and twisting? And how you felt your seatbones do like this? So as I come into the turn, my outside leg
aids are closing, but my inside aids are opening, right down to my toe, inviting the horse to
come this way. So go try that for me, spread out around the
arena, you’re going to be going all different directions…

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