Reply To: Taking leg off

Mapale Mapale
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There are more than leg cues available to you to communicate speed to a pressure sensitive horse. Generally if I need to apply leg, I use seat to determine which gait my horse goes into or if gait change is being requested at all. Eventually your horse will learn to ignore a small amount of temporary pressure if it is accompanied with a seat that is not forward indicating. You can reinforce with slight tension on a single rein, until this too will be unnecessary.

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