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What is meant by being in front of the leg and behind the leg?

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Q: What is meant by being in front of the leg and behind the leg?

Horse&Rider answers: 
When a horse is in front of the leg, which he should be at all times, that means he’s responding to your leg aid the moment it’s applied and going forward willingly. You shouldn’t have to work continually just to keep that forward movement.

 

When a horse is behind the leg, although he may move forward when the leg is applied, he’ll slow or even stop as soon as the leg is taken off. Then when the leg aid is given again, he may not respond straightaway – in which case, galloping down the long sides of the arena may help to get him going forward more freely.

 

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